“The Importance Of Shaking Hands”

There really isn’t a “So what do you think?” for today’s post. Hopefully we would all agree that there is something terribly wrong going on here.

Real Dads, please don’t become a “Ghost Dad,” even if it means you need to learn to deal with a “Flamethrower Mommy.” Protect your children.

Sadly, the rescue that Caleb Joseph is hoping for, isn’t going to happen. “Ghost Dad” will only ever be a distant memory, never a Rescuer Dad.

This does begin to alter this graphic strip quite a bit, however I think that it is an important change.

5 thoughts on ““The Importance Of Shaking Hands”

  1. It’s sometimes kind of hard. There were times I needed my dad to be rescuer dad, but he opted to be ghost dad. I know that he loves me and is a great guy, but I only seem to want to trust him in the things that I know I can rely on him for. In the areas where he used to (and still does) go ghost, I don’t think I can rely on him so I don’t go to him when I need him. That said, it sometimes feel as if God is ghost dad because it’s had to know that he’s actually there in the same way that my earthly dad is. If I really needed my dad, I know just where to find him. I also know that if I called for him, he would drive for hours, speeding the whole way to get to me as quickly as he can. That’s something I’m not sure I can say of God, who has the power to move heaven and earth, but at the end of the day, you can’t just hug him.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences! They really help others to feel like they aren’t the only one, you know? It’s enlightening that you said “it sometimes feel as if God is ghost dad” because after church today, we had a discussion of that very same thing, about how sometimes our view of our earthly father influences how we see our Heavenly Father. Thanks again for commenting! Greatly appreciated!

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  2. I can’t say my dad was a ghost dad; he was always there, even though I went to mom if I had a problem. Dad had a hard time showing love, and it was hard for him to say “I love you.” I think WWII changed him. In later years, I was a ghost son. I was away in the Navy and didn’t call or write as much as I should have. When he had his heart attack and lingered in a coma for ten days, and mom was recovering from a broken hip, I went home on leave and took care of dad until he died. That was an important time in my life. It let me apologize and make up for what I lacked as a “good” son. Did my relationship with dad affect my relationship with God? Yes. Dad rarely went to church though there was no doubt he was saved. Mom went 2-3 times a week and took my sisters and me on Sundays. As an adult, I rarely go to church, though I consider myself a born again Christian. My dad was a complicated man, and I never took the time to get to know him. I think I treat God the same way.

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    1. Will, thanks for sharing this. I believe it will help others who have had similar life experiences. Times to mend and heal are so important. I’ve read your comment several times, and each time it has prompted me to ask myself, “Would our Heavenly Father consider me to be a ‘Ghost Son’?” Thank you for prompting this question in my heart.

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