by Roger Thomas

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Family Matters
Roger Thomas
Ephesians 5:21-6:4
June 16, 2002

Perhaps you have heard the statistics. According to AT&T, almost every year the single day with the largest volume of telephone calls is Mother's Day. Right behind it is Father's Day with the largest volume of collect calls.

One little fellow defined Father's Day like this: Father's Day is just like Mother's Day, only you don't spend as much on a present. Or as one Dad explained to a co-worker, "Father's Day is the one day of the year my kids obey me. I say, "Oh, don't spend a lot of money on a Father's Day gift, and they don't!"

Seriously, today we want to pay tribute to Dads. I hope you have been making a special effort to acknowledge the importance of the dads and grand-dads in your life today.

A tribute to my dad. My own father passed away 1992. He was seventy-two at the time. My two brothers and I were at his bedside when he died after a two year long battle with cancer.

My father's name was Ambrose William Thomas. His father's, my grandfather, name was Noah Thomas. We keep suggesting to my kids that one of them must name one of their sons after my father. My youngest son had a daughter just so he wouldn't have to name his son Ambrose. Dad grew up in the Great Depression. Many of you middle-aged adults can probably tell similar stories of your father. His parents moved to Illinois from Kentucky shortly after World War I. Dad was born a couple of years later in Central Illinois. His father was a farmhand then a farmer. When the Depression hit, every available set of hands had to go to work to keep the family of five kids together. Dad quit school after the eighth grade and went to work as a farm hand on Grandpa's farm and then on other farms around.

During most of my growing up years, Dad worked at least two jobs. He would work in a factory or some other job during the day and work our small farm at nights and on week-ends. When he ...

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