Archive for November, 2008

The Thanksgiving Hat

Thanksgiving; one of the greatest times of year.  A true testament to the strength and virility of the family.  It seems that Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that are just made for memories.

 

As I was thinking about Thanksgivings gone by, I remember so many rich and wonderful things.  Some touching, some funny, all never to be forgotten.

 

What father can’t remember the first year their child learned about the Pilgrims and Indians in school?  They came home excited, dressed in paper costume of either Pilgrim or Indian, which ever they had been selected to be in the school extravaganza known as the Thanksgiving party.  Sometimes it was a little difficult to tell which especially when the classroom ran out of black construction paper and were forced to use brown instead.

 

Do you remember those costumes?  School glue flowed from every crevice and was smeared over the carefully colored exterior of the shirts, pants, and hats.

 

Hats!  Think about those hats.  They paper, of course, and were always size twelve for a size four head, barely recognizable, they hung down past the ears and were, sometimes stapled close enough to keep the front of the hat from falling over the eyes.  

 

As grotesque as they seemed to be, as a father, you were more than proud to try that hat on just to hear the shrieks of joy emanating from the mouths of your children.  A true time of affirmation, as to you, the father, these hats were the greatest example of authentic Pilgrim fashion the modern world has ever seen.

 

These times are such simple, yet profound, moments in the lives of our children.  They are important to the healthy emotional and spiritual development of the child.  Without these moments of unconditional love and acceptance, the child never learns to press harder into the relationship.  They never strive to learn more about what pleases you as the father.

 

Without fully understanding it, we as fathers, continue to follow, naturally, into the path that has been previously trodden by our fathers, grandfathers, and many generations even to our Father God himself.

 

1.O LORD, in Your strength the king will be glad, And in Your salvation how greatly he will rejoice!  2.You have given him his heart’s desire, And You have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.  3.For You meet him with the blessings of good things ; You set a crown of fine gold on his head.  4.He asked life of You, You gave it to him, Length of days forever and ever.  5.His glory is great through Your salvation, Splendor and majesty You place upon him.  6.For You make him most blessed forever ; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence. Psalm 21: 3-6

 

Like those hats, we as God’s children bring our best fatherhood to him.  Sometimes not fully fitted together, dripping with school glue clumsily, and sometimes hurriedly, fashioned in an effort to please Him.  Like our small children we shriek with joy as He puts our best efforts on his head, and to Him, it is the greatest example of authentic fatherhood this world has ever seen.  Though it may pull apart at the seams, and require some last minute doctoring to make it just right, it is full of “splendor and majesty”.

 

God the Father is so proud of what you do; he has made you a King and a Priest.  He places his crown on your head, as he wears what you have made and rules over all creation.

 

Through Jesus Christ, God bowed down to earth.  Through the cross Jesus made himself lower than us, he took every one of our imperfections, and died so they would die with Him, thus making us great.  By this act, we can now bring our best directly to God the Father and along with Him shriek with joy and gladness as he places our work upon his head.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Dave

What Kind of Protection Do You Use?

Having worked some of my earlier years in the Natural Gas and pipeline industry, I have had the opportunity to learn about some interesting processes that most people never see.

 

One such process is called Cathodic Protection.  Cathodic Protection is a technique used to control corrosion of a metal surface.  This technique is commonly used to protect steel, storage tanks, water or fluid pipelines, ships, offshore oil platforms, and oil casings, as well as hundreds of applications great and small that touch your lives daily.

 

Cathodic Protection is accomplished by taking advantage of the natural exchange of electrochemical potential that occurs when any material comes in contact with another.  This potential is commonly measured in voltage, albeit that potential is very small.

 

That’s right!  There is a natural exchange of electricity when any two materials come in close proximity with one another.  When this happens with steel, and many other materials, the result is corrosion (rust).  The amount of potential flowing out of the steel determines how quickly the metal will corrode.

 

Stays with me now, don’t fall asleep!  I will eventually get to a point.  I promise.

 

The process of Cathodic Protection hinges upon what is known as a galvanic anode, otherwise known as a sacrificial anode.  These anodes are usually made up of some type of alloy; (i.e., zinc, magnesium, or aluminum).  The electrochemical potential, current capacity, and consumption rate of these alloys are much greater than steel.  In other words they have more “active” voltage (more negative electrochemical potential) than steel.

 

To be effective, the potential of the steel surface is polarized, or pushed, more negative by the corroding anode, thus causing the surface of the steel to have a more uniform potential, halting the corrosion reaction on the steel.

 

The anode is sacrificed to save the structure.

 

As I thought about the process of Cathodic Protection, it came to me that we as fathers could take a lesson from this.  At times when we seem to be working too hard and no one seems to notice or care; or other times when we as fathers choose to go without something we desire to provide for our child’s soccer or dance lessons or whatever is needed.  All these things and more are literal sacrifices we as fathers make to provide a surface of uniform potential for our families.

 

This is a basic rule of fatherhood.  If you don’t like it, too bad.  If it’s not too late don’t be a father! 

 

Really, do we think we are better than the greatest Father of all?

 

God in his infinite love for us became the anode.  In Jesus He could have become a physical King on this earth.  He could have had all He wanted, lived in the finest homes, eaten the most savory of foods, but He didn’t.  He became the lease noble of all men.  He was beaten, ridiculed, spat on, and nailed to a cross, so we could become polarized and have a uniform potential.

 

As Jesus was sacrificed our spiritual corrosion was halted because of the covering of His love.  Through His resurrection, we are forever sealed and through acceptance of His love we are forever protected.

 

The driving force of Cathodic Protection is the current flow of electrochemical potential.  Likewise the driving force of protection for our souls, and those of our family, is the never ending flow of his current of love.

 

Fathers stand up and be the anode for the stability of your family.  The blessings will far outweigh the discomfort.

 

En servicio como padre

Dave

 


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