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It’s said that God couldn’t be everywhere, so He created mothers. But, I think He created fathers to show us His character.

Some aspects of God’s character are shown through the story of the burning bush, the thunderous voice and lightning of Sinai, the calming  of the raging sea or the cleansing the temple. Through my father, I got to see the special creative side of God’s character.

When I hear someone read “The Creation” by James Weldon Johnson, I see Christ during His finest creative hour and I see Dad.

As a child, when other fathers were throwing their children into the air, tackling them or playing other rough and tumble games, my father and I were often playing word games, enunciation games. Some kids bragged about their father’s athletic prowess. I never said, “My father can beat up your father,” but I often thought that he could certainly out speak them.

When other kids were out playing catch with their dads, Dad and I were going over a new song he was writing. I didn’t play the piano very well, but we would sit at the piano playing and replaying, working and reworking different phrases and measures. It felt great to help my Dad.

When Dad recited a poem, he stimulated all your senses.

When he told me about a flower in a crannied wall and held his hand up, I saw the flower, almost felt the roots and imagined the rough crack from which it was plucked.

It's Not What We Know...

When Dad became the editor for a Christian youth magazine, he invited me to write a monthly column for him. I was embarrassed at first because of the obvious nepotism involved. He settled my mind by telling me that even in our relationship with Christ, it’s not what we know, but who we know.

From writing that column for him, I learned about writing, writing and rewriting. Fine tuning a manuscript until it was easily understood by anyone reading it. Refining was/is a hard lesson for me. I relearned it every time I submitted some article to Dad. With patience he reworked it, sometimes changing a little, sometimes changing a lot. I gave him my best, then Dad took it, always making me look better in print.

Christ does this for us too, accepting our best, then adding His touch of perfection that makes us shine in His image. 

"God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us" (Ephesians 3:20).

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