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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: fathers (06/06/05)

TITLE: In this moment
By Leslie Lamb


From my bedroom, I can hear the soft hum of his low voice as reads. Every morning for as long as I can remember, this is the sound that I wake to. Rubbing my eyes, I slide out of bed, careful not to disturb him in this moment. Quietly, I creep to the door which is always left open just a crack from the night before. My eyes sparkle. There he is, wearing his robe, sitting in his faded recliner, with his Bible in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. I smile because this is as it should be. I focus in to listen to him. He is reading from the New Testament. I know it well but never as well as he does. I gather my nightgown around my knees and rest my head against the wall, content to sit and watch.

He places his coffee on the table at his side, and slowly moves onto his knees. He turns around and places his elbows in the seat and bows his head. I cannot hear him anymore; his words are from his heart. I can see the passion in each petition as I watch him rock back and forth. He lifts his head and reaches his arms to the ceiling, praising the God that has made him. I know that he prays for each and everyone of us, too. I know because other mornings, I have heard him. He prays in a voice that knows the One to which he speaks, and he speaks in such a way I know God must answer back. His prayers are never rushed, patiently he converses, and heaven seems to settle in our living room.

After he has poured out every request to God, he rises. As he reaches to pick up his cup of coffee, he spies me watching him. He smiles and beckons me forth. I slowly move from my place on the floor and go to meet him with a kiss. After asking how I slept, he invites me to share his coffee as he picks up his paper and looks at the crossword puzzle. I take a sip from his big brown mug and smile. I sit across from him, knees pulled up to my chest, watching him once more.
“Hmmm?” He asks as he bites on the end of his pencil.
“I love you.”
He puts down his paper, and reaches for me, placing me on his lap. He kisses my nose and whispers, “I love you, too, Sassy.”
And right here, in this moment, I am content to stay forever

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Shari Armstrong 06/13/05
A wonderful picture of a prayer warrior that anyone would be proud to have as a father.
Karen Deikun06/13/05
Beautiful memory of a godly father.
Tesiri Moweta06/14/05
I believe the spiritual stability of every child to some extent depends on the spiritual leadership from the head of the home. You have shown a beautiful picture of this and done so, so well.Thank God for your dad everyday and thank you for blessing me with this piece.
Judy Anderson06/14/05
I so loved this entry. What a beautiful portrait of a praying dad. No power on earth can match it and no gift to our children is greater. Thank you!
dub W06/15/05
Very nice, thank you.
Anthony Tophoney06/15/05
Beautiful picture. Thanks for painting it for us.
Phyllis Inniss06/16/05
You painted such a beautiful picture watching your dad in prayer that the clause 'and heaven seems to settle in our living room' seems just right. What a spiritual person your dad is.
Angela Ranson06/16/05
Beautiful description. What a rare and wonderful father.
darlene hight06/16/05
Beautiful picture!Oh if everyone could have that kind of godly father....
Gabrielle Morgan06/16/05
You created a very touching image to me of your father at prayer. A man totally immersed in communion with his father.
Linda Watson Owen06/17/05
Delightfully touching! I was right there with the child in that moment too.
Suzanne R06/20/05
How beautifully you've described a moment in time and a very special dad!