Death of a Salesman

Posted By on June 16, 2013

Wise Father

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Many of us are blessed to be able to look back on wonderful memories of growing up with godly fathers. That’s not the case for a lot of people, though. For those who didn’t have a good relationship with their father growing up–words of comfort:

James Michael McDonald, IV died this week. My father was 71. He was a salesman.

In high school, I read Arthur Miller’s 1949 play, Death of a Salesman. The play resonated with me. The challenges of family life presented in Miller’s classic tale mirrored many of my own personal experiences. It was as if I knew the Loman family personally: Willy and Linda, Biff and Happy. In a way, I did.

If the dictionary offered a pictorial definition of the word dysfunctional, you would find a copy of our family photo. But then again, that may be a challenge; since I don’t recall our family ever having taken a photo together.

Ours was a home of self-inflicted poverty, of alcoholism, of abuse, of anger – a house filled with chaos. Most of the memories I have of my childhood are traumatic and painful. I do not remember much joy or love, especially from my father. Ours was a family without Christ….

Many Christians have fathers who exhibited honor and commitment throughout their lives: handing down wisdom and godly character traits to their children. How thankful they should be for such a precious Christian heritage—a sweet gift of God. But through God’s perfect providence, this was not my life.

However, I can state just as emphatically that I am blessed—and I am thankful for my father. No, he didn’t live Christ before me; he didn’t live faithfully or sacrificially in any way. But, by God’s grace, he did teach me.

Read the full piece at THIS LINK.

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What it Means to Be Noble: Lessons from the Lives of Judah & Reuben
Building a Godly Home, Volume 1: A Holy Vision for Family Life
Moment of Courage
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About The Author

Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of eleven children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

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