"A father," my father said today, "should be
holy (hallowed be thy name)
the just man (thy kingdom come)
submissive to God's will (thy will be done)
generous (give us this day...)
forgiving (and forgive us our trespasses)
a moral teacher
(as we forgive those who trespass against us)
gentle (lead us not into temptation)
a spiritual warrior (but deliver us from evil)...
He has been all of these things to me.
Joy and peace to all fathers--spiritual and otherwise--today.