Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
At Wednesday Connection on February 1, 2012 at the Downtown Campus, Pastor Doug Wilson spoke on the role of parents to bring up their children "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4), with a particular emphasis on fathers.
For additional resources from Pastor Doug Wilson on this topic, listen to his conference messages at the Desiring God 2012 Conference for Pastors where he addresses the issue of "father hunger" in leading the home and in leading the church.