Sunday, August 10, 2008


Some time this week I will have lived longer than my father. I have now seen three generations of my children and it would be a pleasure to have the third generation increase. I have no memory of my grandparents and I view my presence on their behalf a privilege.

Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”

This is a Command with a blessing.

Respect and obey your parents. Reverence or shall I say venerate them. As we grow old ourselves the obey aspect is present, but obedience is an acknowledgement of their increased wisdom and the often given direction.

My oldest son gave me a Father’s Day card with the following: “Whether in front of me leading the way or behind me giving your full support, you’ve always been there for me in every way a loving father could ever be.” The honor is mine and I love him for that honor. Not only have I given counsel as a father, but I am willing to take counsel from my sons. I have found this true from my youngest son. As I call him for help with problems, he instructs me not to fix the problem before he arrives. Sound advice, especially when I miss up the problem. The honor is mine and I love him for that honor

The Command I believe is significant of others to be honored. Luther said that the Command was also given to honor our founders, protectors, and teachers and promotes our spiritual life. Luther contended that they are the representatives of God. So directly we have in our lives two institutions to be honored, our parents and our government. It would seem that society and its structure are decreed sacred.

I have reflected often on this Command, especially as my parents and wife’s parents grew old and died. I wanted to be sure I gave them the honor that was due them. That was the blessing, to honor them.

Let the conversation begin.

1 comment:

Heather said...

This was beautiful!