One way or another, every father falls short of his promises. Not always in dramatic ways, but attention wanders and ardor cools. Even the happiest marriage requires moments of deliberately recalling and recommitting to vows once made. As for promises to children and assurances to “always be there” and shield from the blows and buffets of the world – the world makes a mockery of that. No father can keep his children safe always.

I pray for two things: to be the face of the Bridegroom to my wife, and to show the heart of the Father to my daughters.