It was Friday morning when Ms. Peters called from my son’s school. I answered the phone, “Hello!” “Hi, I’m Ms. Peters from St. Joseph. May I speak to Ms. Stevens?” “This is she,” I replied. “Hi, Ms. Stevens. I called in to enquire about Joshua; is He alright?” I was now confused, “Yes, all is well. Why?” “Well, Joshua hasn’t been to school for the last four days.” I was stunned at Ms. Peters’ reply.
Joshua, our only son, had lied to me and my husband. Being a Pastor, Jeremy (my husband), was a well-honored man in the town. I knew he would be deeply hurt to know that his son was not being truthful to us.
Jeremy came home for lunch. Sitting quietly next to him, I started quoting him the episode that took place in the morning. He was very patient in listening to me, and then he quietly followed the staircase to his prayer room.
In the evening, when Josh came back he was as lively as ever. He gave me a hug and went to have a talk with his daddy. He hardly knew that we had received a call from his school. He asked his daddy to join him in his soccer game the coming weekend. Jeremy was quiet. He did not yell at him, but patiently replied, “Ms. Peters had called in from your school today.” By now, Josh had recognized the reason behind his daddy’s sad tone. He started giving explanation for dropping out of his school. Jeremy asked him to come closer. Josh was getting shaky in his voice. Jeremy opened his arms and gave his son a warm hug. He was deeply hurt. Tears flowed through Josh’s eyes.
Jeremy spoke in his gentle voice, “You have hurt me and your mother; you know that every sin gets punished. With heavy heart I have to ask you to stay locked in the store room for the next four days without television and other entertaining equipments.” Josh nodded quietly and took heavy steps towards the store room.
Though I had supplied food in the store room, neither Jeremy nor I could push a piece of bread down our food-pipes at the dining table. We returned to our room. In the mid-night, Jeremy quietly walked out of room and opened the store room. Josh was still awake and staring at the stars from the window in the corner. When Josh saw his daddy entering the store room, he was sorry for what he had done. He hugged his daddy and they both cried for a while. Then he quietly fell asleep on his daddy’s lap. The scene continued for the next three nights. This strengthened the bond between Josh and his daddy due to his daddy’s love for him.
Think for a while how this is related to our own life. Didn’t our Heavenly Father also love us so very much to share the punishment and be a part of our judgment by sending His only begotten Son? Jesus Christ died for you and me, because Daddy loved us. Oh, how great is thy love oh Lord for You became a part of my suffering! Friends, do not fail to thank our Heavenly Father each day for His mercy and love that He has bestowed on us right from the beginning and still continues. Keep in mind every time we do wrong, the heart of our Father in Heaven cries for us. Every time we fail, He awaits to hold us in His arms to caress us, for He knows our trials and tribulations. If He has not withheld His Son from us, how much more shall we care to preserve His Spirit in us. Let our relationship be strengthened with the Almighty God as did the bond of love between Josh and his daddy.
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__A blessed new year I wish to you Joyce where ever you are! Ok, this year I'm going to do it; I 'will' finish commenting on all your pieces before this year is over, Lord willing. Let's go!__ "Daddy's Love For Me" The Joys. ***Your non-poetry pieces have all been written so conservatively, that is, without much description. It enables you to get straight to the point without writing more than a page and a half! **Christian Living is a fitting category for this piece: a brief instance with a considerable amount of words spent on how we should relate it to God. Similar, yet distinctly different, from a devotional that seeks to have a single scripture or two as the relatable point. You have the mentality for this type of writing. *This piece pulls at my heartstrings, especially this line, "Oh, how great is thy love oh Lord for You became a part of my suffering!" My sentiments of which are the same as Mr. Kittrell's above "What a Dad!" Warmth from God was felt as I finished this piece.
The Sorrows. ***That conservatism of yours also breeds a false concept of reality, it leads me to think that this story idea was without resistance. For example, Josh seems to respond to his father's hug as 'the' reason to feel bad about dropping out of school. That's unrealistic. I want a few lines from Jeremy explaining why dropping out of school is a "sin" that should be "punished". **The focus of this story is how "our Heavenly Father also love us so very much" but then you say "to share the punishment and be a part of our judgment", this is confusing. God took our punishment on Himself so we did not have to experience it. The instance of Josh and Jeremy should respond to that by having the father either extend grace to his son or take his place. Both seem ill-fitting in this context, so if you really just want to emphasize the idea of God caring for us you should shorten the final paragraph, focusing on God loving us and wanting us to repent of sins before and after we're saved. *Not as many grammar mistakes this time, but it's still an issue: re-read your work. "He started giving explanation for dropping out..."; "Joshua, our only son, had lied to me and my husband (my husband and I)." Dialogue should be separated into paragraphs.
__Three positives, three negatives--not bad this time. I'm trying to get more concise in my reviews, but they still end up being rather long. Thank you for sharing this heart warming instance. Work on adding authentic and descript details to your Christian Living pieces and they will be more memorable.