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Topic: fathers (06/06/05)
TITLE: father vs Father
By Andrew Curtis
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There have been many times that I have disagreed with him and have even been quite infuriated with him at times. He never showed me anything but love. I have treated him worse than I would treat my worst enemy in the past. He sometimes got frustrated with me but he never threw up his hands and walked away from me, even if he really wanted to. He has yet to give up on me.
I've stole money from him, lied to him and betrayed him. I know he gets upset at me and may sometimes wish I could be a different person, but he has never suggested this to me or even acknowledged that I was a failure on any level. I had wedged a split between us and kept my distance from him for many years. He consistently kept trying to be a part of my life.
I have another father who treats me even better than this. One who doesn't get frustrated with me or want to throw up his hands and walk away. My Heavenly Father is incapable of showing me anything but love. I have turned my back on him, yet he has waited for me to turn around. I have yelled and cursed at him, he has waited for me to calm down. I have lied to him, he has understood and waited for my honesty.
In many ways, my earthly and Heavenly Father are the same. They are both supportive and loving, but only God can show me ultimate love. My dad cannot fix all of my problems, he can only feel my heartache and understand my anger. God however, can walk me through the fires and let me know that everything will be okay on the other side.
As much as I would hate for it to happen, my dad can fail me. He is not the perfect father that God is. He can love me, but situations will change the way he feels about me. God will never change his mind about me. He always wants me to be his child and have a relationship with him. I cherish the thought that God and my dad only want what's best for me. Only God though, wants the best for me in eternity.
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