Keeping my word: Short. This is our new Blog plan. Short vignettes that illustrate the theme of Generational Fathering. Two generations of fathers, the elder partnering with the younger busy professional who is passionate about his fathering but is in the prime of his professional life to provide for the family These will be little stoires to enourage young fathers and older retreads to share the duties and the joys of “fathering to the end,” and “finishing well” in the arena of life that counts more than fame, riches, and low handicaps at the retiree tournament as a proper fulfillment of God’s assignment, never rescineed, to serve Him by being a father.
Matt’s away on a remote job. Tuesday is for our Rite of Passage kid, Colton. Morning Bible study. We could skip; great excuse. Or “we” the team dads, could carry on. So we did; I did. It’s not plowing through Samuel watching the complimentary lives of David and Jonathan, that’s so hard. It’s the Hootenany Pancakes. Grandpa ain’t so great on that one. I tried for animal-shaped pancakes; “Com’on Popi, that was when we were kids.” He grimmaced bravely over his first bites, the rest remained untouched.
So, Colton has a pre-study assignment. Matt, by phone, told me mine. We dig in. Basically, it’s the same expected questions. It’s the answers that count; Colton’s answers since he’s the man in training. We came up with this one, the highlight answer of the morning. I Samuel 20-25. So what influence did best friends have on each other? Dedicating their lives to each other. And it wasn’t just for them, it became a valorous bond that affected the entire Kingdom of Israel. Even later when they were married and had families, they stuck together. We know their comradeship carried into their family lives; their renegade kids like Solomon and Absolom were always challenging their fathers. “I guess we don’t see it exactly in the Bible, Popi, but you KNOW they had to have some serious discussions, maybe even tears about those kids and probably their many wives, too.”Share