The perfect father-and-son moment


The first thing we are told about the relationship of the Father to the Son is that the Father thought His Son was doing a great job. [Matt 3:16-17]

So this is what fatherhood is like. This is where fatherhood reaches its ultimate expression. In human history, there will never be a more perfect father-and-son moment than this moment between Father and Son. This is the keynote—pleasure. This is the pitch that a father/son relationship needs to match—“well pleased.”

When we don’t match that pitch, a lot of things start going wrong. In fact, so many things start going wrong that we sometimes miss the source of all the trouble. In our generation we are confronted with many social dislocations that all go back to a foundational father hunger. All men are the son of some man, and all women are the daughter of some man, but far too many of them have never heard their father say anything like what the Father said to His Son.

Douglas Wilson, Father Hunger (Kindle location 84)

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