Sunday, June 15, 2014

FATHER'S DAY: Stoney Creek Sermonette No. 6

This is almost too hard to write.  I lost my daughter in a divorce years ago and I have never been able to win her heart back again.  I  have lost other children I helped raise, but was never allowed to adopt.  

I lost a step grandson who died years ago under circumstances God needs to explain and I lost a step grandson named after me because I divorced the mother of the mother.   My heart is broken beyond repair.

My father is gone.  I miss being able to discuss theology and religion with him.  To again talk with him about education.  I miss being able to ask him about how eastern Kentucky was when he grew up there in the early 1900's.  The phone no longer reaches him.  I can't just get in my car and drive down I-85 to College Park, Georgia to see him.

I have been a failure as a father.  I failed my own daughter.  I failed the children I helped raise.  I have failed to be the example I should have been to my present wife's children and grandchildren. I failed.

This is not poor Ed.  This is telling you straight out that you had best learn what is important.   Your most important job on this earth is to form the best relationship you can with the Creator. Your second most important job is to learn how to become a great dad and husband and to learn how to build an embracing family.  To create a democratic family where everyone feels valued as fully human.

Some people think that a Christian family means one where the man bosses everyone around.  If you can clearly hear and listen closely when Jesus talks about children, you will know how to treat your children.  You will know the respect they deserve and what I mean by a democratic family.   

© Ed Cooper, June 16, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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Matthew 18:2-4  Authorized (King James) Version 

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Mr. Howard Franklin Patty's Father
Lester Cooper My Father with Mom

Grandpa Tutt with Grandma

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