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Father's Day Illustrations

  • 1900 Fatherhood compared to today.In 1900, fathers prayed their children would learn English.
    Today, fathers pray their children will speak English.

    In 1900, if a father put a roof over his family's head, he was a success.
    Today, it takes a roof, deck, pool, and 4-car garage. And that's just the vacation home.

    In 1900, a father waited for the doctor to tell him when the baby arrived.
    Today, a father must wear a smock, know how to breathe, and make sure there is space on the video camera.

  • hammer and thumbOne day a young boy ran crying to his mother and rubbing his behind. His mother said, "Bobby, why are you crying?"

    "Because daddy hit his thumb with the hammer!" little Bobby wailed.

    "Why, that's not something to cry over," his mother told him. "That should make you laugh."

    Bobby rubbed his behind and said tearfully, "I DID laugh!"

  • Being rejected by a parent is one of the deepest hurts and pains we can experience in life.

    Real life shepherd, Ray Carman, shares about the hope all who have been so rejected have in the care that their Shepherd has for them.

  • dog walkingOne afternoon I was walking on a trail with my baby daughter, chatting to her about the scenery.

    When a man and his dog approached, I leaned down to the carriage and said, "See the doggy?"

    Suddenly I felt foolish talking to my baby as if she understood me.

    However, just as the man passed, he reached down, patted his dog, and said, "See the baby?"

  • magnifying glassAround this time of the year, my thoughts wander back to my father. He’s been gone quite a spell but his memory lingers. I often wonder what he would think of what is happening in our world today if he were to come back.

    I grew up with a father who believed in being “the” father. I confess he was not always right all the time, but what he said was law in our house. That is, of course, unless his wife contradicted him. Then it was time for us kids to seek sanctuary outside where we could not hear what was going on.