Letter To The Editor (06/12/14)

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Every child needs faithful father

Our greatest national resources are the faithful fathers who do not neglect the responsibility to provide for their families and to train their children.
Although some school work is not easy or exciting, young men are advised to get as much education and work skills as they can for the sake of their future family.
Many fathers work extra hard to train themselves so they can earn a sufficient income so their wives do not have to work full time and can have more time and energy for their children. Real men work hard to provide for their families.
A survey of U.S. children ages 10 to 13 asked what worried them most:
• 43 percent said physical harm from bullies
• 45 percent said physical or sexual abuse
• 53 percent said their family becoming poor
• 65 percent worried that their parents might die.
This shows us how important it is for the father to provide safety and security for the wife and children.
It is a great benefit for a child to have a responsible father in the home. Such a father not only teaches his children how to fish or play soccer but also the importance of being honest. A good father will teach his children how to help others in need and volunteer to serve the community.
Not all children have the benefit of a faithful father in the home. In fact, when God identifies himself as the helper of those in need he includes, the stranger, the widow, the sick, the poor and the fatherless. Needy are those children who have no father in the home.
God specifically asks fathers to tell their children about the great things he has done.
“The Lord decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.”    (Psalm 78:5-7)
Fathers love your children and correct them when they do wrong, reminding them, “The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Hebrews 12:6)
It is important that all children know and have confidence in God’s forgiveness.
“Jesus Christ the righteous is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2)
Faithful fathers, accept our thanks for your labors. You rank among our great national heroes. May every child be blessed with a faithful father.

Doug May
Socorro