Leo Buscagila reminds us that for many children, this Father’s Day may be a painful reminder that not every family reflects the ideal.
In a short, informal activity to prepare second graders for the celebration of Father’s Day, a group of children were asked to respond to the question., “What do you love about your dad?” Their answers were sometimes poignant and often reflective of the fact that non-traditional roles of fatherhood are fast becoming accepted as the norm.
“I love my father, Bob, because we have fun together on weekends, and I love my new father, Al, because he plays with me and fixes me breakfast every morning.”
“I love my dad but I don’t know where he is. I know he’s somewhere because he sends us money all the time, but I don’t ever see him.”
“I love my dad because he loves me and my brother and my mom and he hugs and kisses us a lot.”
“I love my dad because he always brings us things when he visits us on weekends.”
God’s design for Fathers is expressed by Jesus “…yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me” (John 16:32).
God’s design for Fathers is expressed by Paul “…Fathers do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
Adapted by –
Taylor A. McKenzie
June 16, 2019