Peter and Papa’s Recliner :Mike Ehrmantrout

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  1. Paige says:

    I LOVE this Mike! Thank you so much!

    I too, have learned a great deal about love and trust from my darling grands.

    Proverbs 17:6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged.
    (not that you’re old!! I am!)….

  2. Em says:

    Examples! The BEST teaching tools. It looks like the blessings flow both ways, but little Peter is definitely in good hands.
    Thank you for my good ponder for the day as i find it difficult to not picture our Father as seeing me as a nuisance when i bring things to the throne room…. after all, He has a universe to run….
    God keep

  3. JoelG says:

    Good article, Mike. I can’t imagine what it’s like to relate to God as Father having experienced abuse from your bio dad. You and others who have are a living testament to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.

    I was lucky to have a great dad. He was neglected by parents who struggled with alcohol, so he became a care giver to his siblings growing up. Now he cares for my mom with dementia and my brother with bi-polar. He’s been a role model for me and I’m thankful.

    I try to square what I know of a great dad with the suffering I see in the world and sometimes it doesn’t make sense. But when I see that Jesus came to this world as vulnerable as we are and was sustained by His relationship with His Father through it all, it helps me to understand how we negotiate this world of suffering. Because of Jesus, God is our Father, as well. And that relationship we have with Him will carry us through whatever comes our way.

    Thank you Mike.

  4. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    Paige..glad you liked it..and old is just a state of mind, sister! 🙂

  5. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    Em..Aw..I’m quite sure you’re no nuisance to our Father…I bet He is quite joyful each and every time he hears from you! Blessings!

  6. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    JoelG-Yes, indeed, my brother. Neat “rest of the story” with my dad…he’s 81 y/o now, and we’ve been reconciled and have a decent relationship! I’m very thankful for that. It’s all God’s doing, for without Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness, I never would’ve forgiven him for what he did to us all. I had a lot of rage toward him. Jesus melted it all! I’m very thankful you have such a great example in your dad. He sounds like a wonderful man.

  7. JoelG says:

    Aww Mike that’s awesome brother. Thanks for the good tears.

  8. Captain Kevin says:

    This is beautiful, Mike!!

    Although my daddy passed away when I was 11 years old, I have nothing but fond memories with him. Can’t wait to see him again.

  9. Erunner says:

    Thank you Mike!!

  10. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    Captain K-That’s an awful young age to lose your dad…I’m sorry about that, brother, but there is that grace God gave you of having those good memories..I’m really glad you do.

  11. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    ERunner..Thank YOU! Love ya brother!

  12. Jim says:

    Great article Mike. I won’t dishonor my parents, but let’s just say that they weren’t really into the parenting thing. Being a father of three and grandfather of four helps me greatly with understanding the father/son relationship graciously offered by God. Thanks for writing this.

  13. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    Jim—It’s truly a grace from God to be able to see Him in our children..sorry about the difficulties with your parents. It’s hard.

  14. I had a lot of anger and resentment for never having had a father growing up. I was adopted by a single mother when I was 2.4 years old. Have vague memories of foster care, triggered by pictures they gave my mom. In the 70s, my situation wasn’t common.

    By high school in the 80s, I realized that my mother had severe personal issues. I wished i had a dad to balance those out and protect me. More anger. Yet I did have a Father, in heaven. Realizing that kept me from killing myself at that time. At 14, I counted down… “at 18 I’ll be free,” and I moved out on my 18th birthday.

    My therapist once asked me, “how do you know how to be a father, if you have no reference?” I replied that I didn’t, and he said that I was “inventing.” My T was the couple’s counselor my ex left me to in order to get “fixed.” I stayed with him out of spite, and chose a male therapist against my instincts to go with a female one, thinking I could better relate to women. It was good to step outside of my comfort zone.

    I’m FAR off the mark, but I model my fatherhood against that which I lacked in combination with the model of Fatherhood found in the Bible, God to man.

    Maybe I’m fatalistic, but I can’t recall blaming God for anything, even my genetic condition. One generation off “The Rez,” my birth mother killed herself as an addict in the stereotypical fashion for Native Americans. My mother was severely messed up because her father was an evil man. Those are the failings of evil and fallen humanity, not God.

  15. Em says:

    very good observations, IMV TNV
    So many of us, coming from so many disfunctional backgrounds rescued by God… don’t ever anyone try to tell me that John 3:16 isn’t a blessed verse
    AND how much time have i spent in prayer for the children who are victims of adult problems? Not enough, not nearly enough
    God keep

  16. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    TNV-That sounds like you’ve had a very difficult life up to this point. I’m sorry, man. I’m glad you know and follow Christ, so He can help carry your burdens and give you rest. May He richly bless you and continue to teach you of Himself. A fallen world, indeed. 🙁

  17. Jim says:

    “Those are the failings of evil and fallen humanity, not God.”

    Vital perspective.

  18. JoelG says:

    “Those are the failings of evil and fallen humanity, not God.”

    The freedom God gives humanity to cause suffering is hard to understand, especially in the case of those who suffer by no fault of their own. It is something we all must wrestle with. There is no answer except that God made Himself vulnerable to our evil and used it to redeem us for a better world. In the meantime, why innocent people must suffer is a difficult mystery.

  19. JoelG says:

    And then I’m reminded that God gives us His Spirit to repair the brokenness in our circles. To love our neighbors as ourselves. To love God as our Father. To give life in our words and deeds. To repair the world in Jesus’ name in the smallest of ways.

    Thanks for letting me ponder and ramble this morning on here. 😊

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