Still in the afterglow of Father's Day, I relished the story I heard on the news Sunday evening about a father who is dedicated to helping everyone learn basic life skills. His story has now gone viral. It all started when Rob Kenney got a call from his grown daughter one day during the pandemic saying, "Dad, my toilet won't stop running." So, he made a little video showing her what to do, which she then posted online. Pretty soon it had been shared 300 times on Youtube, which was amazing to him.


Two months later though, Rob's "Dad, how do I?" Youtube lessons have more than 2 million subscribers. Offering simple, practical advice, he has shown people how to change a tire, hang shelves, set up a tent, and tie a tie, among a whole lot of other things. But he offers so much more - a caring father like some never had, and a forum for anyone who feels alone. He has been nicknamed the "Internet Dad," and been called, "everyone's awesome surrogate Dad."

What he has shown more than anything is that what we need is compassion, connection and kindness. He said, "I want anyone and everyone, I don't care if you're young or old, maybe you've lived into your 50s and you never took the time or were told you could never learn this type of stuff, I want everybody to be empowered. I don't care what age or race or sex you are, we need each other to support each other. We're supposed to be kind to each other."

His basic message to his viewers is: "I love you. I'm proud of you. God bless you." This is certainly a Dad and a message for this time we are in -- and for all time.

Grace and Hope to you,

Pastor Duane