Make the time

Dear editor:
This letter is in response to a column that appeared recently in the Fort Frances Times on the matter of taking time for our families.
Most everyone would admit that life in this present decade is hectic, to say the least. Living expenses are on the increase, and the accompanying responsibilities and available attractions have multiplied also.
However, the number of available hours has not increased. Thus, many have sacrificed their families and their homes to keep up with self-imposed demands.
This is incredibly tragic.
Many people look to their childhood days and wistfully speak of quality family times. Things were sane then, they say.
Now we are caught up in this race of rapacious rodents. We appear to be caught up in a maelstrom beyond our control. Our children are suffering irreparable consequences.
Many parents will simply and apathetically shrug their shoulders and look the other way. Where will all this end?
As a father of eight children and one foster son, I declare something can be done. By the grace of God, my children shall be able to look back to their childhood with pleasant memories.
It truly is rewarding to sit down to a delicious supper lovingly prepared by my dear wife and daughters. Everyone is regaled by happenings of the day or some story or account. It is relaxing.
After the meal is done, we take time to read from our Bible, discuss it, and pray together. Then we take out our songbooks and we sing two or three songs. It builds.
We deliberately ensure at making this scenario work most evenings of the week. How great it was this past Sunday evening to play crokinole with my daughters and later read them the account of Robert Moffat as they curled up on the couch.
I challenge you fathers to take deliberate action to ensure quality time with your families. Let us lift up the standard of righteousness and get back to the Bible.
John Loewen
Stratton, Ont.