When Christ reached down for me, I did not have the foggiest idea of just what a father was supposed to be. My first and second Pastors, Dr. Allen Dickerson and Dr. Tom Wallace, set an example that has served me well over the last 51 years. I do not have a vast enough vocabulary to express the depths of my thanks to these men of God.
Mario Cuomo, I admit to wondering how on earth he found his political star, commented on his father:
"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example."
The last phrase really moved me, “The simple eloquence of his example.” Being a good father would be a piece of cake if all it entailed was reading instructions to the crumb snatchers. But ever and always is the necessity of a simple, yet eloquent demonstration of the principles. Of all the fields where the old saw, “actions speak louder than words” is true, it is in the role of fatherhood. Even Don Corleone had more patience than this preacher.
The prodigal said in “Luke 15:18, “I will arise and go to my father,”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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