Today I read about President Obama’s challenge to fathers in the New York Times. He was encouraging us to be better fathers than his father was to him. I don’t care what you think of his politics, I think we should all applaud the President for taking time to make a very important appeal to the fathers in our country. I was more specifically moved by the description he had of his own father.
“a myth to me, both more and less than a man.”
This reminded me of a special prayer request I had from a child this week. I’ve been leading a 4th grade Sunday Morning small group, while trying desperately to recruit some new ones, and in my group I pass out prayer cards. I tell the kids that if they’d like me to pray for them about something, then to fill out the little card and give it to me before they leave. About 1/2 of the kids do it and most of those cards are for sick dogs and cats (which I do pray for!) One particular prayer this week, was on a card without a name and it simply read:
“Please pray that my Dad will call me this week.”
As we celebrate our fathers, and as we let our families celebrate us as their fathers; take the time to find a kid that is waiting for their Dad to call. Remind them that there is a Father that loves them more than any earthly father could. Or you could take the time to tell them you’re proud of them. Not sure what to tell them you’re proud of? Just tell them you’re proud of them. Makes no difference if you have the details. Just make the choice to make a big difference in their life.
Happy Father’s Day!