When Father’s Day rolls around every year, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the fathers at Trinity as well as our ultimate Father, God.
Many Trinity students have grown up with fathers as their role models who, alongside their mothers, have been with their sons through their first steps and first words, helping them out with those tricky maths questions, cheering them on from the sidelines, and being wonderful examples in faith. With varying life experiences, different careers, and different cultural backgrounds, each of our Trinity dads bring something different to our community and we celebrate them this Father’s Day.
Our Trinity dads, as amazing as they are, aren’t superheroes. And nor do we expect them to be.
While no dad is perfect, it’s reassuring that we can find the perfect example of fatherhood in God. It is one we can all look to for guidance and being able to turn to Him for clarity in those moments where we don’t get it right is an immense blessing. For our students, seeking out the example of God is important to understand how to build godly character as they grow.
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:13-14
God’s relationship with us is the ultimate example of fatherhood. He doesn’t just care for us from afar. He knows us intimately — from when we were just dust! He knows all our failings, all our triumphs, and He listens to us, even when we’re not sure how to put what we’re feeling into words.
Above everything else, God loved us so much that He gave His only son, Jesus, for us. He didn’t want anything to separate us from Him. God is the perfect example of what real, sacrificial fatherhood looks like. It’s okay that our earthly fathers aren’t perfect, because God’s provision of Jesus’ death and resurrection means that we’re all given a clean slate to keep trying to follow God’s example.
We’re praying for all our Trinity students this Father’s Day as they celebrate with their families. We pray you will all make time to remember the ultimate father and everything He has provided for you today and into eternity.