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What, I wonder, happened to the Marmees of the literary world? Marmee, the mother in Little Women, capably held her family together while her husband fought in the Civil War. She had trouble finding enough food and keeping them clothed, but she never played the victim and she continued to be the moral compass for the family. Where are the dads like Atticus who stood for something and were respected and loved by their children?
They’re among us, aren’t they? They are your parents and my parents, if we’re blessed with Godly ones. They are the truth that’s better than fiction. They’re the ones who, despite all the distractions of this world, know when to put “things” away and focus on relationships.
Sure, it’s entertaining and revealing to watch young adult characters being strong and independent and making it without an ounce of help from their parents. But tuck away in your hearts and minds that in our own lives in the real world, there’s a better way, a road map, a blueprint for making families work. I think you should all read Growing Up Colt by Colt McCoy and his father Brad McCoy if you want to see God’s plan for families in action.
Maybe Tolstoy was onto something and happy families are all alike in that they have chosen to live beyond the reach of the world.
He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.
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