An Uncaring Father

Nicole was quiet. She was pretty and well-mannered. She had a few friends and got along with her classmates.

I have not seen Nicole since I taught her in my eighth grade English class.

One day during a conference with her mom, she said Nicole had not seen or spoken to her dad in seven years.

“That’s awful,” I said. “Does he live out-of-state?”

“No,” her mom said. “He lives two miles away from us.”

I couldn’t speak. I groped for words. Nicole lived day-to-day wondering why her dad was uncaring. He had a new wife and family, her mom said. But he never bothered to have any kind of relationship with his only daughter.

I wonder what Nicole thinks about God today. I wonder if she knows God, or ignores God and doesn’t care about Him. If she didn’t care about God today, I wouldn’t blame her. I can certainly understand why kids growing up with absentee fathers like Nicole’s think God is uncaring.

Those kids are a mission field white for the harvest.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6.
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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

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