And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 NRSV)
Jeffrey Zaslow is an advice columnist much like ANN LANDERS and DEAR ABBY. Zaslow says he will consider any question. His readers know that, so they send him whatever oddball questions pop into their heads. Consider this letter which one woman wrote: "My husband is a very special man, and I would love to see his face on Mt. Rushmore. I know this is a big request, but how might I go about getting this idea in motion?" Signed, "His Biggest Fan."
For an answer, Zaslow called the folks in South Dakota who tend to Mount Rushmore. A spokeswoman didn't question or dismiss the qualifications of this woman's husband, but she did say the couple was out of luck: Mount Rushmore has no more carvable rock. "There's no way another head could be carved up there," the spokeswoman said. "I'm sorry."
So Zaslow told the letter writer: '"Should Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt ever fall out of favor, I suppose their likenesses could be recarved to resemble someone else--your husband, perhaps. But I don't want to encourage unattainable pipe dreams. I suggest you find a more modest way to honor and glorify your husband. Maybe your local luncheonette could name a sandwich after him."
I would not hazard a guess to the percentage of wives that feel that way about their husbands, or how many boys and girls feel that way about their Dads. Let's make a lot of wives, girls and boys blessed. Happy Father's Day!
May we be more loving and more forgiving, as we build meadows of love.
Loving God, thank you for being my heavenly father who meets all my needs. In Jesus name, Amen.
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