On Friday, 6 August 2010, ten humanitarian workers were killed in Afghanistan by Taliban militants. One of those ten was Cheryl Beckett, whose father, Charles, is a local minister in south Knoxville and an adjunct teacher at my institution of higher education.
Charles Beckett is a friend of mine and—more than that—an example of how a man should love his daughter(s). The selfish father in me wants to keep my daughters near at hand and available for my own sense of family and fulfillment. Charles's example reminds me that I am their father, not their Father, and that true love trusts my daughters to his loving and perfect care. I pray I will one day love my daughters that much.
[The full story is available on knoxnews.com.]