When I was 9 years old, my dad taught me how to drive a 1940 Plymouth Coupe. It had a stick shift and more than a few dents. He would allow me to drive the car out to the pasture to herd the cows, and every so often, if Mom didn’t know, he’d let me drive the old coupe to the Haldane Elevator.
“Just a young boy with two hands on the wheels…but I was Mario Andretti when Daddy let me drive.” (Drive by Alan Jackson.)
Today, I still can’t listen to Jackson sing his song without tearing up. You see, the memories of Dad allowing me to drive his old car are still so precious to me. And as Jackson sang: “I can’t replace the way it made me feel…”
I was blessed to have a dad who loved me and who left me with such wonderful memories.
But over the years, I’ve learned that not every child has had a wonderful father like mine. Some children suffered from abusive fathers. Some suffered with a alcoholic or drug addicted fathers. Some fathers weren’t there for their children. On and on the woes can be added up.
My prayer today:
Lord, send Your prophets with the Elijah spirit upon them so that their proclamations will turn the hearts of fathers back to their children and the children’s hearts back to their fathers. O Lord, do this before it’s too late. (Based on Malachi 4:5-6)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?
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