In an early Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown and Lucy are having a conversation. Lucy asks, "What are you doing for your dad on Father's Day?" Charlie replies, "First, I'm going to get him to take me to the park to play on the swings. Then we'll go to the zoo and from there to the ball game. By the end of the day, he'll know he's a father." There is a great truth in that for fathers and mothers. Parenthood involves shared experience.

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.