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Our National Tragedy: Absence of Fathers

One thought that repeats itself in the minds of many children is “Why isn’t my Dad here with me?” Another recognized tragedy is those fathers who use their families to further their selfishness. For example, the fathers who sells their children’s stuff to pay for their drugs or the father who is abusive to their mother. The father who thinks it’s more important to stay away and not provide for his family. The list goes on and on. Children need good fathers in their life to feel secure and happy.

The GRIP Outreach program reported that “40% of all children in the U.S., including a staggering 72% of African American children are born out of wedlock. And the symptoms of fatherlessness are real.” Not sure what year this was reported but it doesn’t matter, the numbers are too high.

They also reported this:

“Fatherless children are: 2x as likely to drop out of high school 2x as likely to end up in jail 2x as likely to abuse alcohol or illegal drugs 4x as likely to have emotional or behavioral problems 4x as likely to live in poverty

When a father is not present in the home, families are more likely to be broken. Cities are more likely to be broken. People are more likely to be hurt.” Fatherhood is a sacred calling.

One adult daughter said that not knowing her real father left a big hole in her spirit. “After all this time it still does not feel right not knowing who my father is and never meeting him.”

Fathers are needed. Fathers are wanted. If all fathers could recognize the great role in the lives of his children, the social ills of our country would be close to nothing. When fathers become involved with their children, there is a greater unity in the community and families are strengthened.

There is a direct impact on children with Dads at home. Fathers Incorporated says: “Data suggests that when a father is engaged/involved in their child’s life, children are more prepared academically with an increase life outcome.”

We will always spread our message of the sacredness of fatherhood. This was posted on Instagram by Greg Boxx and is very appropriate in remembering fathers and their families:

“Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love.

A secret that my daddy said was just between us.

He said daddies don’t just love their children

Every now and then, it’s a love without end, amen.

It’s a love without end, amen.”

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