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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Who’s Day? Father’s Day Every Day

Updated on June 15, 2019
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Eric started working with children when he was still one himself. He taught first aid through Scouting. All the way to preaching to youth.

Father's Day

A Father's Day
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Every Day Is A Day For Fathers

To get to be a father. Wow it reminded me today about my father. I just loved him so much. And we were so much alike it is scary. Hours and hours on the phone, sometimes 2 in one night. Emails and snail mails all the time. That part only lasted about 4 years before his demise when I was off slaying anti-capitalists.

He kept tabs on me from afar. Truth be told folks like he and I don’t have a bunch of friends and family relations somehow end up often strained. So be it. Life sometimes is what it is. Somewhere down the line a son follows the father if they are unfortunate. Yes that is a bit tongue in cheek. But my children are so much better than I will ever be. But so different.

I do stuff like raise children and sit in my shorts at my desk and write Sunday Sermons. Education wasted? I don’t know. Not one of my adult children actually do what their advanced degrees should have trained them for.

So the apple fell from the tree and grew sprouts and stayed where it stopped rolling. Thank goodness not under the shade of the parent.


You made dad more than he could be. To the mom’s of my children and my wives. “Father’s” day is your day. Actually we are Saturday here. Father’s day with the boy. Tomorrow is Sunday on a calendar it say’s Father’s day. Nope not in this home. Dad gives mom the day of her choice. Mom’s make children who the father can call his children. It just works that way ;-0 Before you laugh at that think about having a 9 year old boy. Yikes – I reckon those old Birds & Bees and all that is a real “Father’s” day.

We are having too much fun around here. Football and Futball practice some bike riding and too much food. Our favorites for today are fruit. But my kicky butt omelet worked great. Soaking our Kale and Greens for salad with our tomatoes and purple Romaine and our fresh onions make the boy eat them – an accomplishment for a father!

First day of summer break. Today will be the best Saturday ever until next week. So while we enjoy, we get to anticipate next week. Maybe a picnic outside the Hotel Del Coronado on the beach. Sorry I ramble too much but this will tie in at the end here.

Let It Flow

Father's Shoes

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A Day?

Father’s Day

I am a traditional westerner. I call my God Father. An interesting notion maybe. Not for me. But one of the finest things in my life is when a child of mine gives me the privilege of helping them. My heart, my eyes and head swell all up. I imagine my Father and my father also. My children do not do it enough. Dirty dawgs.

Porch light, exterior painting, cleaning my 2004 coach. Grrr. We are on our eleventh move in chess breaks in between, about 4 hours. An hour with friends on the phone while doing some minor gardening. Of course fellow fathers.

I am as much a mother as a dad. It works here because the “mom” is an unabashed workaholic. I love to cook. I take pride in our home. And what could be better than reading poetry with a 9 year old boy?

Life used to be so hard. I used to be older. I used to grunt getting out of a chair. Something snapped in about my 45th year. I chose to “view” not just act. Oh make no doubt from meditation to prayer to preaching to a degree in a relevant field and teaching so many about the vicissitudes of lack spirit I was happy.

But my Father took that from me. Well truth be told both fathers took that from me. Eric you get back on that horse and ride better. My wife looked at me like I was nuts. It took about a week to get the notion that being a father makes you younger and not older if the spirit is there.

There has been a rough patch. I got all old again. But my elder son looked me in the eye hard in a place as dangerous as they come. And he asked me “are you a giver or a taker?”. Back to the father’s drawing board. In just a short month plus. I grew young again. Nothing exciting but a month forward means a month back in youth.

Fathering at some point means to grow younger with your children.

Please be clear here. It is not to grow younger to their age. It is to actuate and activate them growing younger. I beat my one girl last year but she caught down to me this year already. That girl can dance!

Grandpa and Grandma - Depression

My Mom's Father
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Dad Played With This Fine Artist

Good Days!

What a strange view of fatherhood you probably think that all that above stuff is. I bet you never taught a waltz with you daughter’s feet on top of yours. Maybe you never dove into a river to show that there was nothing to fear as long as you were near. My father just never taught me a different way. Come to think of it I learned to do a foursquare on his feet.

Mothering and fathering. Cool stuff. Some pro-athletes tell you how great they are and sign huge money contracts. My contract is heartbreak and feelings. So often I got nothing. But my pay-out is beyond Solomon’s riches. One tear of love for a child makes Midas look poor. So I understand father’s are aloof and above such matters. Yes indeed we are when called upon to do so. One of a father’s most important roles is to shut up and listen. One without history would maybe not know but to be a good father you shut up, with no solutions and listen to mom. I think I would reckon that about one third of the time you offer solutions and about one third you say and do nothing. And one third you shut up and do something. Kids and wives alike.

My young one offered/gave the best compliment a Dad could have. Dad how do you know what happened at school before I tell you? I know you did not talk with my teacher. And the answer is literally as plain as the look on a face. He pooped funny and had gas and some diaper rash and maybe got banged up learning to walk and hated green bean baby food. Fear and fortitude learning to ride a bike and the potty training. First day of school and the first time making their own cereal. Falling to sleep in my arms and waking up pounding on my head to wake up.

Of course I can tell what went on at school in about 2 minutes. Every day is my special day. I do not even fear him getting older.

We decided that today was the best father’s day ever. And tomorrow we will not go out to celebrate. Monday is better for that. What day is Christmas? But we are going for a great hike and picnic. Fix a bike. Maybe finish our chess match. Maybe settle the third round of golf.

It might be fun to go out to La Jolla and see what rich people do. Don’t worry we will park up the road so no one laughs at our car.

Just Fun


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    • Guckenberger profile image

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      2 years ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Of course my friend. :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you friend

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      2 years ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I love my father too.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Never late Chitrangada, because it is always so good to hear from you and have your encouragement. So right about relationships.

      That reminds me, we need to make another meter square card tonight for mom.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A little late, but I am glad I didn’t miss this one, from a loving father. Fathers have such an important role in shaping up their children, both physically and mentally.

      Every day must be celebrated, as far as the relationships are concerned.

      Thank You for sharing another wonderful article.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nithya, it seems to me it may be our ego that prohibits getting back down and rising up with others. Some folks mock at my failures but always envy where I am at. Love from such as you is such a truth they see and want. Though they are "successful".

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Fathering at some point is to grow younger with your children-I am in total agreement with your statement. The ability to be at a point where you can feel and understand what your child is going through and be able to effectively guide them on to the right path is a great way to being an excellent father. Another great sermon, enjoyed reading.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Not "belated" at all. Today is backyard fun. The boy's mom is out of this world. I am going to sit in my garden and eat fresh veggies and watch the show.

      A bike riding track of sorts. A helmet with a Mohawk. Oh well back here to have even another stuff of fun.

      Thanks for being a friend Marlene.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shaloo I do like 3 days to a week.Today feels like the 4th day. Last night was Nepal style food - outstanding. Starting a project that my daughter will join starting tomorrow. So that will be day 5 and of course the next day is our huge long talk days with my elder son. So day six. Will be recoup time Some alone/me time. The seventh will be firing it up for day 8. And then start it all over again. (I see your point ;-)

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      As a father, Eric, you rock!!! I enjoy reading your sermons which are filled with the joy of you and your family time together. Happy (belated) Father's Day.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      I don't believe in the concept of father's or mother's day. My parents are my world. They have always loved and supported me unconditionally. And so a day is just not enough!!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora today is day 3. That means dinner out. Hmm what restaurant to go to? As long as we are together celebrating it shall be great. We are so blessed.

      You are one of those blessings.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, what a fatherly heart! "But one of the finest things in my life is when a child of mine gives me the privilege of helping them. . . My children do not do it enough." You're among the greatest.

      Hope you enjoyed the special day.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I am giggling at us. I played and played and played. And we played at manly things and laughed and laughed. And they are all gone to slumber.

      So we write and love our reflections and each others.

      You got me fired up on bread.

      You and I are going to have a great week.

      This would be the 45 anniversary month of my good friend - my wife's father being captured in battle. I would like to hang out and count Geckos and drink rice wine with him again on the farm.

      Friend and father in law.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I apologize for being late to the party. We had an out-of-state visitor--my husband's old Navy buddy from 50 years ago. Lots of laughter, a few tears, and amazing stories. (A few of them might even be true). And I cooked, and cooked, and cooked some more. Now, it is quiet.

      I'm not sure how one separates father from mother. In our house, the lines are really blurry. Both of us instruct, both of us play, both of us nurture.

      I sense that you, and billybuc and I had fathers cut from pretty much the same cloth. My dad was a little guy but had the biggest heart in the world. It takes a special man to marry and become an instant father to three children. That was my dad. You, Bill, and I had fathers who taught us respect, and honor, and most of all love. And you are passing that lesson down to your children. There's no better job in the world.

      Thank you for lifting us up, as you always do with your sermons. Happy Father's Day, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John we kind of do Father's Day week here. Yesterday - was boy and me only, today mom around, tomorrow big dinner out. Then Tuesday an alone Father's day. Wednesday simply in reverie of children. My elder does not call until tomorrow. That is our son's day.

      Happy travel. I need a road trip maybe up 1 grand miles over to up San Fran way.

      The guy went to the food store. The sign said "no food or drink inside" so he went home!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I can help you there buddy. Every day is Son's day. Try this on for size; I celebrate Christmas most everyday. In my lexicon that is an honor of Christ's Birthday. Christ is the son. I simply cannot honor the son without the father yet all Trinity is one. Celebrate my son and celebrate me.

      It all boils down to love of all. (Is Christ a generation?)

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Tim. Life is not always peaches and cream but we can at least give it a shot. "Family" day may be.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      A wonderful sermon on fatherhood. If I am half as good a father as mine was I will have succeeded. I am off to visit one son this week and babysit for a night, then in two weeks time heading off on a road trip to visit another in Darwin over 3000 kilometres away. Being a father is a year long, no, life long commitment. Our lfficial Father’s Day is not until 1st Sunday in September, but hope you had a good one.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Help me out here, Eric. I'm a father 365 days a year, year in and year out. So why is there a day called Father's Day? I'm a father every day. Truth be told, I don't know what or who I'd be without a father who invested so heavily in his son. I still have a lot to learn, but I could be worse off, too. Happy Father's Day, my friend!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela it is a fine day indeed. I wanted it to be perfect. Good think it has not been my perfect. Other's perfects are better.

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      Tim Truzy 

      2 years ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Eric,

      I enjoyed your sermon. Great message: A father doesn't just love his children now and then, it's a love without end as the country song says.(and mother's do, too.) Today, I had spicy Morrocan chicken with vegetables and I was tickled to see the children around. Your sermon was a thoughtful reminder to cherish every minute together. Your work is always uplifting, Eric. Thank you.

      Respect and admiration,


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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Happy Father's Day Eric! I enjoyed your sermon and was glad to learn you were close to your father. It sounds like he was a good man also. I know you are a good father Eric as you tell us all the things you do with your young son. Have a wonderful Day.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Louise, I always hope that someone will get a blessing out of them. You lift my spirits. Have a great evening.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I am sending them off for a bit and going to hike a mountain - small one. Then we are planting and fixing bikes. You have a great one too buddy.

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      Louise Powles 

      2 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Eric, that was another wonderful Sunday sermon. I always look forward to reading them. =)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Fathers Day my friend! Enjoy the hell out of it!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Asad you are very kind.

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      Asad Dillz Khan 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      A great article Eric! Your writing and articles always very amazing! There is no doubt father is a great blessing of God and every day is just a father day! I really enjoy it Eric! Good Job!


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