by Ken Trivette

The Silence of a Father, the Sins of the Children
Ken D. Trivette
Genesis 34

There is one thing I have learned in the past 23 years; being a father is not an easy job. It is at times a delightful experience, but there are times when it is also a difficult excursion.

As every parent knows, parenting is not without it's rewards, but it also not without its responsibilities. It is not without its thrills, but it also not without its tears. It is not without its proud moments, but it also not without its painful moments.

Sometimes, fathers feel like the expectant father who passed out in the waiting room. Several fathers were sitting in the waiting room, while their wives were in the delivery room. A nurse came in and announced to one man that his wife had given birth to twins. The new dad responded, "That's quite a coincidence. I play for the Minnesota Twins."

A few minutes later the nurse came and announced to another man that he was the father of triplets. He said, "That's amazing. I work for the 3M company." It was at that point the third expectant father passed out and fell into the floor. When he came too, someone asked what had happened. He said, "I work for the 7-Up company."

There are times that being a father or parent can be overwhelming. At times it can be a little more than one can handle.

I think about a man that was pushing a cart through a Supermarket. In the cart was a screaming baby. As the man proceeded down the aisles, he kept repeating softly, "Keep calm George. Don't get excited, George. Don't scream George." A lady watching with admiration said to him, "You are certainly to be commended for your patience in trying to keep little George quiet." The man looked at her and said, "Lady, I am George."

As I said, being a father or a parent is a delightful experience, but at times it can be a difficult excursion.

Parenting has always been a tough assignment, but I will go as far to say, never tougher than today.

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