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"Father Meets the Challenge"

This Father's Day reading can be used during a Sabbath worship hour to honor the fathers present.*

When the good Lord was creating Fathers, He started with a tall frame. And a female angel nearby said, "What kind of Father is that? If You’re going to make children so close to the ground, why have You put Fathers up so high? He won’t be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping." And God smiled and said, "Yes, but if I make him child–sized, who would children have to look up to?"

And when God made a Father’s hands, they were large and sinewy. And the angel shook her head sadly and said, "Do You know what You’re doing? Large hands are clumsy. They can’t manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands, or pony tails, or even remove splinters caused by baseball bats." And God smiled and said, "I know, but they’re large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets at the end of a day and yet small enough to cup a child’s face in his hands."

Then God molded long, slim legs and broad shoulders. And the angel nearly had a heart attack. "Boy, this is the end of the week alright. Do You realize You just made a Father without a lap? How is he going to pull a child close to him without the child falling between his legs?" And God smiled and said, "A Mother needs a lap. A Father needs strong shoulders to pull a sled, balance a boy on a bicycle, or hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus."

God was in the middle of creating two of the largest feet anyone had ever seen when the angel could not contain herself any longer. "That’s not fair. Do You honestly think those large boats are going to dig out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries? Or walk through a small birthday party without crushing at least three guests?" And God smiled and said, "They’ll work. You’ll see. They’ll support a small child who wants to ride a horse to Banbury cross, or scare off mice at the summer cabin, or display shoes that will be a challenge to fill."

God worked throughout the night giving the Father few words, but a firm authoritative voice; eyes that saw everything, but remained calm and tolerant. Finally, almost as an afterthought, he added ¼ tears. Then He turned to the angel and said, "Now are you satisfied that he can love as much as a Mother?"

And the angel was silent.

This material was used during a worship event at the Carmichael Seventh-day Adventist Church, Sacramento, CA.

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