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Cherished childhood memories with Dad

Higher Ground: Being a dad is a big responsibility, so don’t wait to be a good one.

June 7, 2024

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by Mary Dunn Jones

June turns our hearts toward our fathers. Some of us have good memories; others are not as fortunate.

Personally, I had a good dad, and I was daddy’s girl. I followed him wherever he would let me.

I was the only girl in a room full of men in the local barber shop. I “helped” him repair things around the house while he made up songs and rhymes, and made me giggle. He blew smoke in my ears during the middle of the night when I cried with an earache.

I was born in the good ole days and would ride on the back of a plow and drag my feet in the warm dirt, row upon row, as Daddy prepared his fields for planting.

He had a hard time letting go when I reached the age of wanting to stay home and read books, and dream of boys!

When he aged and grew crusty and depressed after Mom died, I was the one he called on. We did a lot of reminiscing about his childhood. Oh, how I wish I had written all those stories down.

For those without good daddies or with absent daddies, let me say, I am sorry. If your stomach churns as you read this, it is because of your memories. I wish it were different for you.

Maybe you are the not-so-good daddy or maybe you’re estranged from your children. Let me tell you: It is never too late to reach out and change all of that.

Our good father in heaven will make a way in the wilderness and a stream in the desert for you and yours to reconcile, or at least for you to have reconciliation and forgiveness in your own heart.

2 Corinthians 6:18: “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.”

The good father invites you to become one of his children. The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, fcfi.org, has a lot of information and someone who can lead you in making that decision.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Dunn Jones is a prayer guide writer for Fellowship of Christian Farmers International. She is based in Tifton, Ga.

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