Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
(pictured left, Bernie and me with our youngest grandchild, Aimee Joy - photo credit: Lauren Ortega)
Although we had a fun Father's Day with our adult
children, spouses and grandchildren, Father's Day came and went without
me jotting down my thoughts on these incredible men. Not to make
excuses, but, I think it was partly because I was just finally mostly
mended after a back injury and was happy to be with my family but had so
much else to catch up on that I am just now getting to writing a bit
about these three fathers in my life; my husband and two oldest sons.
The timing is ok actually though, because although I had a few ideas,
the great sermon last week based on the scriptures above from the end of Ephesians 6 kind of sealed it
all together and now I am ready to share!
As I was looking for
Father's Day cards for these men at Walmart, and some small gifts,
the Superhero gift bags caught my eye. I saw Superman (re-runs) and Batman in a
TV series as a child in the late 60's, but the only 'newer' superhero movie I have seen was
the one years ago, (1978 - wow) with Christopher Reeve, so my understanding of these
fictional characters is based on that, rather than the more modern
movies that I have not seen.
But somehow, looking at the Batman
bag, I thought, 'Josh', and looking at the Superman bag I thought
'Aaron.' There was also a bag with suit ties on it which I thought fit perfect for my
Superhero Capitol Hill Tour Guide and Christian History Missionary
husband. So I gathered up some nerf guns for these 'protectors,' and
peanut M&Ms for sustenance for these 'preppers' and put them in their
bags. When I saw Sarah and asked her to guess which was for who she
got them right away and thought it a great idea! And not one who is
content with gender distinctions and roles, and not to be left out, she
soon picked up for herself a Batman tank top! :) Yep that's my daughter.
So here is roughly what I said to each: (below-photo credit: Susan Schmidt)
Dearest Superhero Josh,
What a great father you are!
Strong leader, faithful and wise counselor, loving, protective, hard
working and disciplined provider, ever learning and growing and humble
teacher; I am proud to be your Mom!
After seeing these
superhero gift bags, your siblings knew right away, that Batman was your persona;
intellectual, strong, savvy problem solver who seeks to save your
family, saves the city, and saves the day from evil intrusions!
a believer in Christ in our present day, how much more-so that is true!
As a husband and father, may you use those strengths in our land to
raise up your sons and daughters as wise, strong men and women who are
equipped to overcome evil for the sake of and in the power of our
Savior's name and of His gospel of repentance, life, and humility!
What an amazing father you are!
Kind, loving, protective, persistant, wise, correcting when needed, but
also giving much grace and getting into your children's lives and
enjoying things with them.
When your siblings saw these
superhero gift bags, they knew right away you were Superman! Xray vision, super
senses, kind and caring for the underdog, humble and mild mannered Clark
Kent to some but we know your true identity!!
May you live
life as a father and believer in Jesus Christ using these superpowers
to raise up the next generation to stand in the latter day on the earth!
I am always blessed to this day by your kind, caring and wise manner
when you and Christina are interacting with and even counseling me at
times, how much more-so your children must be!
Love always, Mom
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from Bernie to both Josh and Aaron:
Dear Josh and Aaron,
loved this superhero theme. In increasingly troubled times, and 'it may
be' that's just what the world is headed for, requires true superheros:
Godly men to lead lovingly in their own homes first, then wherever the
Lord gives them opportunity and influence.
I was struck by this
verse read at church today: "hate evil, and love good, and establish
justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be
gracious to the remnant of Joseph." Amos 5:15
In many ways, you both and your families are our legacy. I am so proud of your walk of faith for the long haul!
Praying for you and your clans as you press on together this Father's Day 2016! God's greatest blessings, Dad
This past Sunday at our church, as I listened to the inspiring sermon, this Superhero theme fit perfectly with it, as I thought about how Jesus is the ultimate Superhero! The verses in Ephesians 6 tell us of His equipping for us to do battle against the true enemy of our souls. This enemy is not really people or ideologies, but the enemy is the great tempter, accusor and ensnarer who wants us on the sidelines rather than in the battle to stand strong for ourselves and in the love of Christ, for others.
The lyrics to the closing Hymn fit perfectly the theme, a modern Hymn by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. Please listen, worship, and enjoy!
And I would be much remiss if I failed to appreciate my beloved husband who has, as a wonderful father himself, lovingly and strongly led these boys into manhood! He is such a picture of the true Christ warrior to me! In his family, neighborhood, city and the world, he lives his life standing strong against our enemy for things right and true!! Thank you immeasurably beloved husband of mine!
To all, sorry this is soooo belated!, but none the less I still wanted to write about these incredible men and my incredible Savior!