My father…

Well, a day late but hopefully not a dollar short.

My father was a man of several faults, which he would willingly admit, …but I have seen those faults lessen and even disappear over time. That is better than I can say of many other men. The ability to admit you’re wrong and then change is the mark of humble manhood.

My father has a deep compassion for others. Especially for those who are lost sheep wandering from the Lord. He is a strong man with a tender heart. You will never hear him compromise on the Truth of God’s Word, but he deeply longs for others to find the joy and peace in Christ that he enjoys. This balance between truth and mercy is the mark of mature manhood.

My father has great passion and drive. He is passionate about (among other things) our nation, the rights of the unborn, and the Gospel going forth in the world. But his greatest passion is for his family. No other cause, no other mission, is so dear to him as to see his children walk in truth. He has given his greatest effort and invested the biggest part of himself into his family. That kind of self-sacrifice is the mark of a Christ-like man.

I greatly admire and love my Dad and I will always be grateful God gave me to him.

Happy Father’s Day!

Birthday, pre-cancer battle.

Birthday, pre-cancer battle.

Dad, with sister Katie.

Dad, with sister Katie.

Celebrating with grandson

Celebrating with grandson

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How does this happen?

I heard a news story today about a family where the wife disappears a couple years ago and the father then blows their house up, as in fire and gas explosion, with himself and his two boys inside. It is apparent that he committed suicide, murdering his two sons in the process. They now suspect he killed his wife also.

My question is: How does a man get to this point, where he is willing to kill his own wife and to also take the life of his young sons. (I think the boys were around 5 and 7.) This seems to me so twisted and unthinkable that I find it hard to understand at all. What made him so desperate? Surely, even if he was mad at his wife and killed her, he would not have held her actions against his own sons. Not to the point of killing them any way. How does a guy go from good daddy (the boys liked being with him and wanted to live with him) to killing them both and himself in one fell swoop?!

I just don’t get it.