And a reflection: Aside from the awkward "I hit my children but not in the face" thing, it was a beautiful reflection that made me reflect on my own dad. Dads have one of the toughest jobs in the world because since Eden the devil has put them at a fundamental disadvantage. The devil introduced discord between our Heavenly Father and us, his children. He basically said, "Your Father doesn't really love you or care for you, you can't really trust your Father in Heaven, you need to ignore him and take care of yourself." And he's been whispering that in our ear ever since, basically making a mess of things. And dads, the bravest men out there, wade right into the middle of that ancient, cosmic mess and say, "No, I'm going to show you the truth, I'm going to image for you how your Father loves you by how I love you." Dads show us the love of the Father by the way they love us! Whatever the moment calls for, providing for our physical needs, a gentle hug in our pain, correcting us in our errors, or protecting us from the world's dangers, we see how our Father loves us from how our dad loves us.
|My parents and me|
I've heard it said that we should pray for our priests because they have the most important job in the world and the greatest enemy working against them, and that is very true. The same could be said of our dads in many respects. Our dads are tasked with showing us by their very lives the love of the Father and they have an ancient enemy to contend with. Let us pray for our dads.