It seems to be a given from the Scripture that fathers encourage and comfort their children. It is part of common grace. However, in many cases fathers are not doing that.
Here is a quotation from George MacDonald: “Like many Scots, while Phemy was his one joy, he seldom showed her sign of affection, seldom made her feel, and never sought to make her feel how he loved her” (Heather and Snow, p. 64).
Unhappily, in thirty-two years of ministering to high school and college-age people, I have found that MacDonald’s words are an accurate description of many father-child relationships. If you are a father, please do not let it describe you.
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Written in 2019.