Michael Perkins‘ posts about his son cause me to reminisce about my own children when they were at that age. In fact, I am almost jealous that I don’t have that time back so I can enjoy the unfettered affection of my children. But, God blessed me with a father-son story of my own, today.
My son, now 18, is leaving today to visit some friends in another city. We banter back and forth all the time with sarcasm and “picking” on one another – it’s our “schtick.”
This morning I had the door closed as I was getting dressed for work. He tells me through the door that he is leaving. I responded in haste (while putting on my pants) with, “OK.”
I heard silence, then, “um… ok… um…”
In our typical bantering style, I quipped back, “What’s the matter? You need a good-bye hug from your old man or something?” – expecting the typical sarcastic reply from him.
What I got was a timid, “Umm, yeah, it would be nice.”
So, I hugged him, kissed the side of his head, told him to be careful, that I would miss him, and that I loved him.
For just a moment, he was that 4 yr old boy who said he would never leave mom and dad, and would always be our little boy. He needed the loving embrace of his father. I needed it too!
12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
I know, I know, I know, that my Heavenly Father loves me. But, sometimes I find I need His loving embrace – just because.