After supper, I help the children change into pajamas while my wife clears the table and stores away the leftovers. She shops only once or twice per month except for bananas, which barely keep for a week. Through diligent effort, she has developed some standard operating procedures that help us get maximum value for our grocery dollars and enjoy well-balanced meals and healthful snacks that last until the next scheduled shopping day.
With the leftovers in the refrigerator and the children in their pajamas, we are ready for a bedtime hymn and prayer—hopefully by 7: I suppose they learned it from us, but I still feel like I am the recipient of their greater love.
Now it is my time to wash the dishes. My wife keeps me company and we begin our hour together to talk about the day. Still, it is our aim to have that hour together every evening and also to schedule a regular date so that dad and mom can remain husband and wife. This, too, requires that we redeem the time, and it is one of the greatest gifts we can offer our children.
My wife and I end the day rejoicing in our baptismal grace, knowing that all our sins have been washed away and that we are new creations in Christ Jesus. We read our Bibles in bed, often pausing to share a particular insight with each other. More nights than not, as I reflect upon my day, I have regrets. A moment when I should have been more patient with my children, an occasion when I should have listened better to my wife, a frustration that the big sister and the little sister have not been getting along—such thoughts consume my mind.
I go visit their room. My hand rubs their backs and caresses their faces. Then I kiss them each once more on the forehead. I pray that God would forgive me for my failures, that He would bless my children through me or despite me whatever it takes , and that He would bless other fathers and mothers and children throughout the world.
At peace, I return to my bedroom. My wife and I end the day rejoicing in our baptismal grace, knowing that all our sins have been washed away and that we are new creations in Christ Jesus Acts MacPherson is the founding president of The Hausvater Project. He lives with his wife Marie and their homeschool children in Mankato, Minnesota, where he teaches American history, history of science, and bioethics at Bethany Lutheran College.
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