In honor of Father’s Day, my priest spoke about our Heavenly Father and His love for us.
For his “other” job, Father T is a hospice chaplain. Recently he had to attend a conference on chaplaincy. There are many women hospice chaplains. In a recent conversation with one woman he inquired why those female chaplains and ministers whom he encountered seemed so angry. The woman responded, “We’re angry because when we prayed to the ‘heavenly Father’ He never gave us what we asked for! Never! Not any time! And many of our earthly father’s were no better!” She went on to explain to Father T that she removes any reference to the male gender in all of her prayers and scripture readings.
Today Father emphatically reminded us that our Heavenly Father is NOT a holy vending machine that we plug in our dollar and get our Cherry Coke or chocolate bar of choice. I have to admit that I missed what he said immediately following that comment because I was chuckling with great mirth in agreement with him. I can’t say I’ve ever heard anyone use ‘vending machine’ and God in the same sentence.
Anyway, he went on to tell us that no matter our circumstances with regard to our earthly father, there is no comparison to our Heavenly Father who is Good and Loving. He can not NOT be Good and Loving. His will for us is perfect and we can trust Him for that.
So dear Readers, keep your dollar in your pocket and save it for a rainy day. The holy vending machine doesn’t work, never did work, and never will work.
Thanks be to God!