I’m a firm believer in the ministry of presence. We won’t always know exactly what to say to someone in need, or even what to do, but simply showing up speaks volumes.
That’s why I was moved by this Daily Mail story about a Dallas middle school that spread the word on social media recently in search of 50 men to attend a “Breakfast with Dads” event because so many of the children have absent fathers. Six hundred men showed up, overwhelming organizers.
If you scroll through the story, you’ll see pictures of mentors showing these young men who to tie a necktie and how to play a trumpet. The pictures also show mentors — sometimes four or five to each boy — eating with them, locking arms with them, and posing for pictures with them.
A Facebook page has since been set up in hopes that the event will become a movement. How cool would that be?
Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.