Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)
TITLE: Daddy's Sermons
By Yvonne Blake
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“He hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace…”
Trust me, Darling. Jump. I won’t drop you. The water isn’t very deep. Trust me.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
You want to help me? Well, pretty soon I’ll need somebody to hold the end of the board steady while I cut it. So, don’t go far. Listen for my call.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
Sh-sh. I’m here, Darling. Don’t be afraid. The lights will come back on soon. I’ll stay with you until then. How about I tell you a story?
“…He will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee; fear not, neither be dismayed.”
Once upon a time, there was a man with a hundred sheep, but one sheep…
“The Lord is my shepherd…”
“Hello, Mrs.Chadbourne? It’s me, Pastor Phillips. I’d like you to meet my daughter.
“Pure religion and undefiled before God is this; to visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction…”
Would you like to take a walk with me and watch the meteor shower? Oh yes, I saw it! Look, there’s another one. Just think... God knows the name of each one of them.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Are you getting tired? We’re almost home. Here, sit up on my shoulders. Is that better?
“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…”
I know what you’re thinking, Darling. You wish you could have a new bike, too. I don’t know if we can afford it. You ought to be thankful for the one you have.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
I made something for you. Open your eyes! What do you think? I made it to look just like Grammy’s house. You really like it? I thought you would.
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think..”
Young lady, don’t let me hear you talking to your mother like that again! You go apologize to her. You are just getting a little too big for your britches!
“Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the earth…”
You don’t need to do everything that other kids are doing. I don’t care what other families do; you are part of this family.
“…I will be their God and they shall be my people; wherefore come out from among them and be ye different…”
I’m sorry, but you disobeyed me… This hurts me as much as it hurts you. You are my daughter. I love you.
“For whom he Lord loveth, he chasteneth…”
Ask your mother if there is enough spaghetti for one more? I found this fellow hanging around, and he looked hungry.
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
Wake up! It’s a beautiful day! The bus will be here in a half hour. Have a good day, Darling, and look for opportunities to serve the Lord.
“This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
No, I don’t want you working today. It’s Sunday, the Lord’s Day. You’ll just have to tell your manager to change your schedule.
“Remember the sabboth day to keep it holy…”
I’m proud of you, Darling. You did the right thing, even though it was hard.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily unto the Lord and not unto men.”
Where have the years gone? It seems like you were my baby girl just yesterday. Now, you’re a young woman and leaving home.
“But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
I love you, Darling. I always will, no matter where you go or what you do. You are my daughter. I love you.
“Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love…”
• All Scriptures, KJV
II Tim. 1:9, Prov. 3:5, John 10:27, Deut. 31:8, Psalm 23:1, James 1:27, Psalm 46:10,
Deut. 33:2, II Tim. 6:6, Eph. 3:20, Ex. 20:12, II Cor. 6:16&17, Heb. 12:6, Matt. 25:40,
Ex. 20:8, Col. 3:20, II Pet. 3:18, Jer. 31:3
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