Word from the Pastor

Father's Day

In Ronald Warren’s book, Best Dads of the Bible he shares this illustration of Mount Everest sherpas.

Mount Everest, the earth's highest mountain, has two standard routes used by most climbers. Both routes present a number of dangers, including frigid temperatures and monsoon-category high winds. In addition, climbers have a limited number of months in the year to make their attempt, along with very tight time periods during the day to safely ascend and descend the mountain. But the most dangerous obstacle, and the one that has caused most of the climber deaths, is altitude sickness. In its most severe case, it causes fluid on the lungs and swelling on the brain that will leave a person so disoriented that they can't think clearly. If this happens to you while on Mount Everest, it means almost certain death.

Therefore, it's not surprising that even the most experienced climbers don't try to tackle Mount Everest alone. They hire special guides called "Sherpas." The Sherpas are a unique people who, for generations, have inhabited the Khumbu Valley, the national park surroundingEverest. Because they have been living in the area for so long, they have developed a genetic ability to function at very high altitudes. Whereas most people start to have oxygen problems above eight thousand feet, they have an amazing endurance up to about twenty-three thousand feet. Since the Sherpa guides have trekked Everest many times, they are experts when it comes to knowing the weather patterns and the best time to climb.

But these gifted Sherpa guides can do something else: with their uniquely trained and experienced eyes, they can help those in their care pause and take in the beauty of Mount Everest. You see, this mountain is no tall danger. It's a delight as well, with many breathtaking peaks, vistas, and valleys that one can only see from its heights. That's why so many are drawn to it and would risk life and limb to plant their personal flag on its summit. And it's not surprising that the official Tibetan name for Mount Everest isChomolungma, which means "Holy Mother."

When I read that I think of fathers. They are like Sherpas to their kids. They have walked the road of life, they know the dangers firsthand, and because of our sins, wounds and God’s grace we can speak to the dangers of the enemy. This allows us to point our kids towards God and godly habits. I’m proud for every father, every male mentor and spiritual dad who comes along side of the next generation to help them see both the beauty and danger around us. This brings self awareness and accountability – big things for generation Z and Alpha generation to be aware of. Keep up the good work dads. I know the personal brokenness that a father-son relationship can experience, for me it was through divorce and family breakdown. But I also know that there can be hope and in Christ it’s what I count on. Happy Father’s Day.