Tbelow is a Yiddish proverb: Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht – Man plans and also God laughs. God’s Word is filled with warnings around how delicate and also precarious life is. You and also I are eyewitnesses to the fact of that. This year we relocated to a new “normal” and, sadly, it looks as though we have shed Mayberry forever.

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This Sunday we will celebprice Father’s Day in our coronavirus civilization. Fortunately, fathers are accustomed to last minute shifts and also plan modifications. They have lived their resides juggling the schedules and whims of their families; this is particularly so if tbelow were daughters involved

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General Douglas MacArthur was a much-celebrated father. He commanded the Southwest Pacific in World War II; he presided over the unconditional surrender of the Japanese aboard the USS Missouri; he led the coalition of UN troops in the time of the Korean War. He offered as superintendent of West Point Academy, Chief of Staff of the Military, and Field Marshal of the Philippines.


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USS MIssouri

During the despeprice days of the Pacific War in the Philippines, MacArthur created a prayer for his kid, Arthur. When the General died in 1964, the New York Times highlighted it in a complete web page tribute to this army father.


“Build me a child, O Lord, who will be strong enough to recognize once he is weak, and brave enough to challenge himself once he is afraid; one who will certainly be proud and unbfinishing in hocolony defeat, and also humble and also gentle in victory.


“Build me a child whose wishes will certainly not take the location of deeds; a kid who will understand Thee—and that to know himself is the structure stone of knowledge.

“Lead him, I pray, not in the course of ease and comfort, yet under the stress and anxiety and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; right here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

“Build me a kid whose heart will be clear, whose goal will certainly be high, a boy who will grasp himself prior to he seeks to understand other men, one who will reach into the future, yet never forobtain the past.

“And after all these things are his, add, I pray, sufficient of a feeling of humor, so that he may constantly be significant, yet never before take himself as well seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity or true greatness, the open up mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength.

“Then I, his father, will certainly dare to whisper, ‘I have not resided in vain.’”

Happy Father’s Day to you all. May the Lord save you in safety and also great wellness.

We love you!

Janet

PS…. My first post-coronavirus event will certainly be on July 21, 22. Details are on the website.

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