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Sunday, June 16 2002

Father's Day

When I was in school, all my friends and all my classmates, as far as I knew, came from homes where mom and dad lived together. Even then, I recognized that some of these homes were dysfunctional and it might have been better for the children had the parents separated. However, that is not where I am headed. Rather, I would like to comment on the missing concept of what a father is. Of the more than three dozen foster children we have had in our home, only two or three have come from homes with married parents. And fewer than six have come from homes with a man in the house. We have had only one child that came from a home with only a dad. At least six of these children had no idea who there father was and neither did their mothers. And at least half had never met their father or had ever had contact with him.

When they first came to our home, many of these children had trouble accepting or even recognizing me as part of the household. If I explained my role as father, an equal partner with Pat, the mother, they usually responded by saying that we couldn’t be father and mother since we had no children of our own. My standard answer was that a man who throws seed around and leaves isn't a farmer even if some of the seeds sprout into plants. And a man who throws his sperm around and impregnates a woman then goes away without any concern for the child isn't a father. A farmer nurtures and cares for his crops and a father stays around and nurtures and cares for his children.

We never dwelt on the subject of parenting with the children unless a good teaching moment presented itself. Instead, we tried to be a good example of loving, nurturing parents. In spite of our best efforts, we soon discovered that when the children left and the hormones started to flow, the girls became pregnant by the first man who caught their eye, with no thought to what kind of father he would be to the children. For instance, one young lady came to show off her baby each time she gave birth. When Pat asked her about marrying the man involved, she responded that she wasn’t sure she loved him. Only after Pat and I reasoned with her that the kids need a mother and father in a stable home did she get married. She did not have a father and her childhood was very traumatic. Fortunately, she finally married the man and thus far they are doing well. Two of the boys who lived with us impregnated girls while they were no more than kids themselves. Neither had given thought to the responsibility of fatherhood. Both had come from homes with only a mother. They are struggling with the title of father but neither has abandoned the children yet.

Pat and I see the extreme, since all our foster children come from dysfunctional families. Nevertheless, the epidemic of fatherless families is rampant in the general population. For example, a relative teaches kindergarten in a local public school. Only half of her students come from homes with a live-in father. Mothers usually get most of the credit for nurturing children. However, it is an awesome responsibility and can better be achieved when father is there to do his share. And without an appropriate father figure in the home, the concept of fatherhood will be lost and the problem of fatherless homes will increase.

In-flight funnies (series)

In light of all the recent air security that's been put in place, crew members try to lighten the mood. Here are (allegedly) real examples of how they make the in-flight "safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining.

After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the flight attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal."

— Sent by Trudy Myers

Thought for the day

Wherefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name that is above every name (Philippians 2:9).

The humblest man who heeds the call to follow Christ has an honor far above that given to any king or potentate, for the nations of the earth can bestow only such honor as they possess, while the honor of Christ is supreme over all. God has given Him a name that is above every name!

A. W. Tozer
Sent by
Judy Martin

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