Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel. PSA 128
In a Prison Chapel several years ago an inmate said to me, “the greatest downfall of this great nation is the absence of men in the homes”. Someone once said “if you want to reach the world you need to start in the homes.” The condition of the world is often the reflection of our homes.”
In our Anabaptist culture our fathers are rarely absent in body, but can certainly be absent emotionally and spiritually. Unfortunately, the result can be very similar. As Anabaptist men, we take the responsibility of providing for our family very seriously! We are willing to work long hard hours to cloth and feed our offspring, and rightfully so, but we should never forget that providing for the physical needs is only one portion of the purpose God has for us!
It seems to be easy for us to talk about our jobs, hobbies, recreation, plans for the year and even politics.