Over the next 25 years I would like for it to be normal to see sons bury their fathers. In Baltimore too many young men are being buried. Of the 66 murders in Baltimore this year, 45% have been men aged 20-29 and 26% have been men aged 30-39.* A historian once said,
“In peace, sons bury their fathers.
In war, fathers bury their sons.”
This definitely isn’t a time of peace. Unfortunately, many of the young men dying in Baltimore don’t have fathers around to bury them. So my hope is twofold: To see sons bury their father would mean that our young men would live longer. Second, it means that the fathers would be actively present in the lives of these men. It means that violence would decrease as people come to know the peace of Christ (Ephesians 2:14). It means that fathers would live in the home and provide stability by the work they do inside & outside the home. It would mean that violence and abandonment would no longer seize the future of our families. Instead, longevity and legacy would propel our families into a more prosperous future.
I want to see young men live and older men lead.
*Statistics are found at: http://chamspage.blogspot.com/2014/01/2014-baltimore-city-homicides-list-and.html