I only saw him cry once and that was by accident. I came into the room to say “goodnight” and there beside the bed he and mom were shedding tears knowing his trip to Japan might cause him to miss the birth of my younger brother. Like many of his generation he is not comfortable sharing emotion yet his volume knob for caring still turns. He has always been my hero—imperfect yet dynamic. His love for God flows unabated. He stands faithful and noble today like the snow-covered Mt. Hood.
He won the silver star and purple heart as a young marine fighting communism in Korea. But his medals mean nothing compared to his thirst to see men know God’s Son before the real war of sin takes them out. To this end he relentlessly labors.
His physical strength still amazes me—four of us kids could never take him down. But his true strength comes from his faithful habit of rising each day to meet with his Father.
1 Thessalonians 2: 11,12--As you know, like a father with his own children, we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
I don’t understand what possesses the idiotic producers of countless television shows and movies that mock and demean fathers. I can only guess they grew up without ever knowing what it means to have a real man around. Do we live in a society of deadbeat dads, self-centered males, ego-driven competitive rascals who have shirked the family? Sure we do. So let’s just bash the whole lot of fathers and see what happens!
Or, maybe it’s time for those of us who know what it means to have God-fearing fathers to stand up and passionately say, “Thanks Dad! I love you. Your contribution to my growth is immeasurable. I’ll never forget your hard work to keep us kids clothed, fed and schooled. I’m a better man because you took the time to discipline me, give counsel, to listen, to watch me race, to cheer me on, to lift me up in victory and to hold me close in defeat. I’m a better dad because you pass on wisdom. You keep your wedding vows. You refuse to compromise your integrity. You are not ashamed to give all glory to the One who gave you meaning. I’m grateful Dad. I only hope I can do as great a job with the precious gifts God entrusted to me as you did with us.
The Apostle Paul wrote,“Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandmentwith a promise, 3 so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land” (Ephesians 6:2,3).
A child is not likely to find a father in God unless he finds something of God in his father.—Austin L. Sorensen
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)