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Reader's View: The love of God is the best Father’s Day gift

Some Father’s Day thoughts:

My father, Simon Elness, was born in 1886 and died in 1974. I am now 84 years old, and from my perspective I realize how blessed I have been to have had a wise Christian father who practiced his faith. He demonstrated “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments.” (Psalm 112:1)

The instructions of Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 to put into daily practice the love of God made a positive influence for good in our family’s life. Every Sunday, worship was a priority without exception for our family. My father never misused God’s name, cursed or used questionable language. I never heard him speak ill of anyone and he was known as one who was truly honest and kept his word. I now realize how awareness of God’s presence shaped his life, attitude and interpersonal relationships.

I am of the conviction from what I have observed in worldwide travels that when the loving influence of a godly Christian father is missing there is an increase in antisocial behavior. The best thing a father can do for his children and society is to love God and participate in regular worship with his wife and family.

S. Jerome Elness