[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of June 13–19 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over more than 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U. S. A. 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM No. 376 - When Teen-agers Miss a Parent's Love

[The speaker is Philip Metcalf. The questioner is Robert McKinnon.]

Questioner: Parental love for teen-agers is of extreme importance in their lives. Not long ago I was a teen-ager without a father, and I know what it means. You're without a father's support, without the interest and companionship you need from a father.

Speaker: I know this is a problem in many homes, as you found in your own case. Sometimes a father is too busy. Often he just isn't there. There's certainly no denying that fatherly interest and concern is important to every young teen-ager. But let's take a little different look. Did you ever stop to think that the father qualities—the warm support and loving interest that the teen-ager wants from his father—are based on qualities of thought? They don't originate in people. They have a divine source, God, the Father, who is ever with us. As a father, I've tried to bring this out in our family.

Words of Current Interest
June 21, 1969

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