“Cat’s in the Cradle” is a song about a busy father who keeps putting off being with his son until he finds the time. Years pass, and one day the son cannot find time for his father.

My friend, Dave, told me about the moment his wife confronted him about how he was spending his time. She said he was neglecting his family. And Dave decided to change. He says, even now, when he hears that song, “I feel again the heavy weight, the raw truth of giving my family the leftovers.”

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Life is demanding, but the clock does not slow or stop. To give the most time to what is most precious—our close relationships—is the heartbeat and the power in the high calling of our daily work.

May the LORD bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem, and may you live to see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel. (Ps. 128:5-6)

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