fathers dayFathering

I am humbled by the comments of my daughters in regards to my fathering.

As a father I often felt I did not know what to do or how to do it. So I prayed, “Oh God, Help!” a lot. And many times I felt that I was “sowing in tears” as stated in Psalm 126:6 but I wondered if I would ever be able to “reap with songs of joy.

But praise be to God I have been able to reap with songs of joy. God gave me a faithful and wise wife whom He often used to strengthen and empower me. He gave me parents who prayed daily for me. And He raised up others to pray for our family. One of those persons was Jose Feliz, a dear brother originally from the Dominican Republic, who daily, for years, arose at 4 am to pray for our family.

In addition God placed people in my life who spoke as powerful mentors or ‘fathers’. I want to give special honor to Dr. Anthony Kales, the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Penn State Hershey, during the years I was there from 1971 through 1997, first as a medical student and then as a professor on the faculty.

Dr Anthony Kales imparted a powerful Father’s message into my life. He said that it is not only important to care and empathize it is important to do something about the matter at hand. I saw him not only empathize about a resident’s difficulty with the English language, I saw him arrange for tutoring. I saw him not only concerned by an employee’s difficulty getting proper care from the medical system, I saw him get on the phone with the persons in charge and through his efforts and influence make a significant difference in outcomes. (I could multiply examples of this.)

And God our Heavenly Father is like that, He not only feels our pain He intervenes on behalf of His children.

Yes, God is true to His word, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.. Ps. 126:5-6.

God has given me four wonderful children and many spiritual children who have honored me and, more importantly God, by their lives and choices.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.


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