I was preparing to make a presentation of ‘Brothers Kept Apart’ at the Grande Salle, Central Bank complex, and I had to get there early to prepare. As I was putting on my tie, my 4-year old son came into the bedroom and asked: “Daddy, where are you going?” I am going to give a presentation, I replied. “Can you give me a present too?” He asked. I am not going to give a present but a speech. Immediately he responded: “Oh! I know. You are going to say blah blah blah blah blah.” Well, yes. I replied.
Mid-way through my presentation, I noticed my wife and son in the back row. It was a school night, but my wife brought him along to see his father in action. When our eyes met, he waved, and I waved back. My wife had to restrain him from speaking.
When I finished the presentation, there was a 15 minute intermission and complimentary refreshment break. He ran to me, greeted me with a hug and said “You did good Daddy.” While I got an ovation for the presentation, and received and appreciated the many kind and encouraging words from dignitaries, friends, and those whom I did not know, it was the response of my only begotten son that had me chocking back tears. Thank you. I replied.
I love my son. I love when we walk together with his little trusting hand in mine, or when he climbs onto my back, or when I lift him into my arms as he raises his arms signalling to me that he is tired. I feel rewarded just serving him. However, I am fully aware that the most important function that I must play is to facilitate the transfer of his precious and complete trust from my hand to God’s hand, from my arms to God’s unfailing arms, from me to God. For I am flesh, and my strength and knowledge will fade, but God is perfect and almighty and all-wise and good, and his guidance is sure.
When I was fifteen years old, shortly before my high school examinations, my father and I were at home alone cleaning up. Daddy was washing the dishes and I was drying them. As we conversed, my father encouraged me to trust God and to seek his guidance. Thus began not only an acceptance of Jesus as the Messiah, but the cultivation of a relationship with God, my heavenly Father.
My hope for all of you fathers is that you be reconciled to the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and that you facilitate the reconciliation of your son to God, your heavenly Father. There is no greater responsibility than that.