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Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)
TITLE: With All My Love
By Llewelyn Stevenson
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I tell you what sometimes I have the impression he thinks he is. At least, it seems that way to me.
It’s not so much the laying down of the law, but how it appears he feels he can treat me as he pleases. If he’s in a mood he can be so disrespectful and gives not a hoot for how I feel.
If I’m angered by your behavior and strike you, I’m in the wrong but… annoy him? Watch out—he’ll bring the whole world down on your head.
Why is it that whatever he says goes for everyone but him? The law’s the law it seems. But, since he made it: he can break it.
But that’s not God… is it?
Actually, neither is it my dad, I’m happy to say.
The other day while I was thinking of what to write I asked my son, “What do you think of your dad?”
“Don’t ask me now,” he growled. “I’m busy reading a comic. I don’t care.”
Huh. Thanks a million.
There are times, I suppose… Anyway I don’t feel very romantic just now. Romanticizing dad just doesn’t seem realistic somehow. You know, writing things that make us feel good.
Should I have to feel good? Is that what its all about?
What if nobody ever thinks about me? So what, if I’m disrespected? Can I only be dad when I feel like it? Doesn’t work that way. Dad is dad because of some biological event—even if it was an accident.
Jesus said something really important once. He said, “What will it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”
I say something quite like it, “What will it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his family?”
When I was young I sang, “You take the whole world just give me Jesus.” And I still mean it today. There’s nothing worth more than my relationship with Jesus Christ.
Today there’s nothing I’d rather cherish than my family, so I’ll say, “You take the whole world just give me my family.”
With all my love, dad.
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