June 21, 2020
Sermon Title: Dad's are Important
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Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 5:8
Scripture Text: Luke 15:11-31
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:;
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
Dad's are Important
Erma Bombeck wrote this about her dad:
"My Daddy just didn't know how to show love. It was Mom who held the family together. He just went to work every day & when he came home she had a list of sins we'd committed, & he would give us what-for about them".
I broke my leg once on a swing set. It was Mom who held me in her arms all the way to the hospital. Dad pulled the car right up to the emergency door & when they asked him to move it because the space was reserved for emergency vehicles, he shouted, "What do you think this is, a tour bus?" Mom carried me in while Dad parked the car. It seems all my life Dad was parking the car someplace, coming in wet & half-frozen.
Dad was always sort of out of place. At birthday parties he just busied himself blowing up balloons, setting up tables & running errands. But it was Mom who carried the cake with the candles on it for me to blow out.
I remember when Mom told him to teach me how to ride a bicycle. I told him not to let go, but he said it was time. So I fell, & Mom ran to pick me up. But he waved her off. I was so mad that I showed him. I got right back on that bike & rode it by myself. He didn't even feel embarrassed. He just smiled.
When I went off to college he was just fiddling with the luggage & the boxes. It was Mom who sat down & said that everything would be all right. She did all the writing. He just sent checks & a little note about how great his lawn looked now that I wasn't playing football on it. . . .
When I got married it was Mom who got choked up & cried, & Dad just blew his nose loudly & left the room.
All my life he said, "What are you doing? What time are you going to be home? Do you have gas in the car? Who's going to be there? No, you can't go." Not Mom, she just loved me. But Daddy, he just didn't seem to know how to show love - UNLESS, is it possible, that he was showing it all along, & I just didn't recognize it?
Illustration: Someone said that there are 4 stages in parenting.
1. The first stage is "Discipline" - from birth to age 5.
2. The second stage is "Training" - ages 6-12.
3. The third stage is "Coaching" - ages 13-19.
4. The fourth stage, is "Friendship" - from sometime around 20 throughout the rest of your life
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