Sunday, June 21, 2009

Thank You Dads!

This is the cover for today's worship bulletin, a nice acknowledge of fathers on Fathers Day. Both Mothers Day and Fathers Day are inventions of the greeting card companies, but it is good to recognize them, even in passing.


"We wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us." (2 Thessalonians 3:9 NAB)

Every dad is the family role model, whether he wants the job or not.

-- Dennis Rainey

This is an interesting observation which was the online "thought for the day" I received on Friday. I think this is true, for good and for bad.

My wife, Ruth, works in a shelter for women and children leaving abusive relationships and there are many examples of horrendous fathers. But I see wonderful fathers and grandfathers every day. Last evening I spent time with a dad from the congregation who is raising three kids largely on his own, and who makes sure they get to many activities in church life. I also spoke with a grandfather who takes his grandchildren for walks in the parks and by the water. At St. Paul's we are fortunate to have some male Sunday School teachers, a rarity these days.

Thank you to all the fathers and grandfathers who are strong role models everyday, without fanfare.

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