Today is Father’s Day. It’s been a day when I stop and think about one of the great joys and priviledges of my life. God has blessed me with 5 delightful children. It has been a pleasure to get to know each of these wonderful, God-designed masterpieces. To learn their strengths, to discover how they are all smart in various ways. To learn how each child feels loved. To learn what forms of discipline work with each one. This is the ongoing mystery that is Fatherhood. Just today I had to explain to my daughter Maria (age 11) why she can’t run around the Midnight Sun Street Fair without an adult. Yes, there are a few “bad people” who are roaming the street fair. I watched the pride rise in my nine year old Tony because he climbed to the top of the climbing wall in about 2 minutes. I smiled as Jack crashed in a chair while “helping me” at the Journey Booth. I wondered at my 15 year old who chose to stay home rather than go to the street fair. And I escaped the house without upsetting my two year old because taking him to the street fair (with his escapist tendencies) could be grounds for me to spend some time on the mental health floor of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. I’m so glad that I have the opportunity to father such amazing children. Today was mixed with pride, joy, and sheer exhaustion. Sounds like fatherhood to me.
Under His Mercy,
Derek Dickinson, Minister