Behold, fathers: this is what God put you here to do:
A coyote attacked a pair of dogs, bit a woman and skirmished with a vehicle before being killed by a father defending his family on a walk on Monday…
[Ian] O’Reilly, his wife, and three young children were hiking at Jude’s Pond when the coyote went after his young son. “It actually caught the hood of his jacket and was able to pull him down,” O’Reilly said.
O’Reilly wife grabbed the kids before the animal could bite anyone and dad found himself eye to eye with the snarling beast.
“I did kick him square in the jaw once that put him to the ground and I was able to jump on him after that,” O’Reilly said.
As his wife called 911, O’Reilly strangled the coyote during several minutes that seemed surreal at best.
Surreal, to be sure. But also instructive.
Dads, God put you here to defend your wife and kids. Sometimes they must be protected from beasts of the four-legged type. Other times – much more often – it’s from the two-legged type from whom you must keep them safe.
God gives you the authority in your family. But he also gives you the responsibility to strangle* that coyote with your bare hands. The danger to you is secondary. Whether the beast has rabies is immaterial. It doesn’t even matter if you’re scared to death. What matters is that you stand between the danger and those whom God has put in your care.
I don’t know if Mr. O’Reilley is a religious man. In a real sense, it doesn’t matter: we are whom God made us whether we believe or not. But in another sense I hope that he is. For he is a great example of the love that Christ showed for us: self-sacrifice to preserve us from a danger we could not face ourselves.
* shooting it is a better option, if not as good a story.