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Father's Day 2016

Father's Day 2016

“We have so many young men, especially, who are growing up without their dads. We have to fill that void. We have to do a better job helping young people see what it means to be a man, what it means to be a woman. And then, somehow, we have to put that family structure back together.” --Tony Dungy

I met my father for the first time when I was 12.  I didn’t recognize him but the meeting filled me with so much emotion that it still ranks as one of the most memorable days in the more than 22,000 I’ve experienced since. While we all can and should make and impact on the lives of others, there is something special about a biological dad.  Whether they are good or bad, loving or missing their effect on us is certain and profound.  

With more than 30,000 Illinois dads in prison so many kids in Chicago grow up without guidance, discipline or love.  The effect is evident every day in newspaper headlines tallying the number of those shot and killed the night before.

Take this father's day to reflect on fatherhood.  Pray for your role in filling this gaping need.  And if you are a father, pray for the strength and humility to embrace the awesome responsibility God gave you and become a better one.

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