What the picture doesn’t show (fatherhood and a Synodical President)

This is a post from the past that shows the kind of Synod President we have.


Since BJS is dedicated to helping restore fatherhood, I thought I would share a moment from the BJS Conference this past weekend.  While attending the first lecture on Witness, my wife and children accompanied me into the sanctuary of Bethany in Naperville (our family vacation time was originally around Symposia week, but chicken pox stopped that from happening, so BJS provided a second chance).

The picture in this post is of President Harrison interacting with my oldest daughter, who was reading “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis and also spending time being artistic with the BJS place mats from the morning breakfast.  What this picture doesn’t show is that just minutes later my youngest daughter was struggling to keep quiet and was getting very tired of her dad’s efforts to keep her under the acceptable volume for a presentation.  All of my efforts to distract her to do something else were not working, and she was beginning to raise a bit a of a ruckus.   President Harrison intervened and asked my daughter to come back by him and show him her book “Treasury of stories for four year olds”.  He then interacted with her as she told him all about each of the stories which she has already almost memorized (from some of dad reading, but mostly mom).  My eldest daughter also came back and showed her work and books as well.  President Harrison did a wonderful job with them, and as a father I was thankful to have a moment to hear the presentation and look on as my daughters interacted with the Synodical President no different than they do with any member of the congregation I serve.

As a pastor in the LCMS, it was humbling to see the Synodical President interacting with children at such a time (I am sure he had about a hundred other things that he could have been working on).

Thanks to Norm for capturing the moment.

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


What the picture doesn’t show (fatherhood and a Synodical President) — 3 Comments

  1. This touches my heart, and I have noticed the kindness and gentleness in this otherwise burly man, myself. Thanks be to God for our faithful Pastors and Synod leaders.

  2. In contrast, I think I was about 7 years old and recall greeting the then DP who was visiting with, “good morning.” His look was one of surprise and a touch of annoyance.

  3. There is no finer man serving in the synod. His life has been one of dedication to God and family and a little banjo time for fun. He has been a great president in a very troubling time for American Christianity. His family has sacrificed greatly as well. Hope he is around a long time sharing God’s love to our synod and beyond

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