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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)

By Frank Salerni



“Well, this should be easy, because I’m a father, and a good one I might add!”
(So, where should I start? I know…)

“A father always loves.”
(Hmm, their was that time I barked out orders like a “Nazi General” without showing much compassion. Let’s try that again.)

“A father is humble.”
(Yea, like my kids are going to buy that when they read this.)

“A father is gentle and longsuffering.”
(Uh… no.)

“A father is transparent so that his kids will know he’s not perfect either.”
(OK, I know my second to the eldest daughter is going to use that one against me real fast.)

“A father understands.”
(Darn, there was that time the handlebars on my youngest daughter’s bicycle made their mark for life on my new car… I’m still having trouble with that one.)

“A father makes their children always feel safe.”
(I guess I may be the only one who feels safe when I rant and rave.) ((At least I felt good… momentarily.))

(This is getting harder as I go along. Maybe I need to be more creative.)

“A father, within the confinements of his own home should project a convincing argument that no one can dispute, or have an intelligent answer for.”
(Wow, that was way too honest, and totally un-biblical. Where is that delete button?)

“A father is kind, loving, forgiving, reverent, good, worthwhile, tolerant, and not bigoted.”
(What about the guy your daughter brought home with that HUGE nose ring? You not only made rude remarks, but you never let her forget it. Not very loving or worthwhile, were you… “O kind and loving master of gloom and doom.” As your conscience should I keep talking or do you still have your finger on the delete key?)

“A father is… is… er… um… you got me. What is a father anyway?”

(And after much deliberation.)

“Lord, it’s me, again. I’m looking for answers. Where will I find a perfect model, besides You? After all, I am a Christian father. Yea, I know that I’m deeply flawed, unkind at times, bigoted, short tempered, uncontrolled, selfish, a good example of a bad example, ect… ect… ect… OK, You got me, I get the point.”

“What do You, God, say that a good father is?”

(Pause… longer pause… still listening, and then…)

“I’ve been waiting for you to ask.”

“A father is well, more than someone who shares their DNA”

“He is the one who also shares his children’s dreams, gains their trust, and involves himself in the very breath of their life.”

“A father is the one who may wake up at 3:00 am, and can’t go back to sleep until his prayers saturates his pillow with tears of goodness and mercy… even when anger seems to be a temporary victor.”

“He is the one who often times will extend mercy to his children… in exchange for wrath, tenderness in light of frustration, and open transparency to expose his own weaknesses; that way he assures that his children recognize his own perfection’s are also flawed, even when they DO use it against you.”

“He never gives up, and always makes the child feel secure in love, even when they dishonor their parent. Yes, especially when it is obvious that his children have broken the fifth commandment.”

“A father is also foundational within the home of two parents, who submit to each other in awesome reverence of Me, as an example of trust and affection.”

“Fathers devote each day to exemplify Christ… so that his children can put their trust in God.”

“Fathers long to hear children use the word, “Daddy”, as much as God loves to hear His children say, “Abba”… Meaning no strings attached… I love you because I love you.”

“He is the expressed love that the Bible denotes in Col 3:12-14”

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. (NKJV)

“It’s been nice talking to you, My child. Let’s do it again, soon. Signing off for now, God.”

(Feel free to write this epitaph on my tombstone… “Here lies a father with much to learn.”)

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Beth LaBuff 04/18/08
Your beginning had me smiling. :) I enjoyed the "O kind and loving master of gloom and doom" comment and was humbled by your, "can’t go back to sleep until his prayers saturates his pillow with tears of goodness and mercy" sentence. You are a great father -- once you realized you aren't perfect. The prayer for help was refreshing. This was very creative and fun to read.