Father’s Day carries so many different emotions. For some it is a time of joy and for others it is a time of remembrance. We hug dads that are here and think about those who are gone. But what if you’re a father who is doing the reminiscing this year? I met a father just like that in Jordan; a former businessman from Iraq.
Earlier this year, I traveled to the Middle East with MORE International. I wanted to see their work among refugees from Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. While there, we visited numerous Christian refugee families. Among them was an older couple from Iraq. I had met their adult son; a dentist who serves with a church-based medical clinic in Fuheis, Jordan. But, they had another son.
Sadly, their other son – a university professor – had been killed by terrorists while still in Iraq. Daring to be public with his Christian faith, he suffered martyrdom when a bomb had been placed in his car. The family mourned but had not lost faith in Jesus. They faced lost but trusted that they were secure in God’s goodness.
It is an experience that I’ll reflect upon this Father’s Day. I ask that you join with me and MORE International in praying for fathers who have suffered great loss. Let’s pray that our Heavenly Father will comfort their hearts and mobilize His church to deliver relief to our suffering brothers around the world.
Dr. Philip Nation is Pastor for First Baptist Church of Bradenton, Florida. His latest book is Habits for Our Holiness.