The Associated Press recently released a story about a pair of sisters in Tokyo, Japan that became concerned that something was wrong with their father.  They reported him missing.  The police found the man and something was definitely wrong.  The man was dead—his body lying on a couch.  The tragic twist to this was that the man had been dead for ten years!  One can only question the tragedies or difficulties that caused a family to miss their father only after he had been dead for ten years.  A story like this surely motivates us to heal the rifts that may exist in our families and to keep close to those we care about.



J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.