Rev. Lon Lorton

June 17, 2018

Romans 8:14-16; 38-39

A parable is told about three fathers who each felt the soft hand of his child in his own hand and realized the responsibility of teaching his child about God.

One felt the awesome responsibility that was his, so he taught the child about the power and might of God.  As they walked down the path of life and came to the tall trees of the forest, he pointed to them and said, “God made them and God can cause them all to come crashing down anytime He wants.”  As they walked in the hot sun he said, “This is God’s sun.  He made it and He can cause it to be so hot and so intense that the plants in the ground will wither and die.”  Again and again this dad hammered home the power of God and how the child must be obedient to God.  Then one day at twilight they came face to face with God, and the child hid behind his father, afraid to even look, refusing to put his hand into the hand of God.

The second father also realized his responsibility to teach his child about God.  Hurriedly, he tried to teach all the important lessons he knew.  As they looked at the trees, they only stopped for a moment to gaze at them.  As they looked at the flowers, they hurried on by.  He told stories, but they were hurried and crammed together.  He filled the child with facts, but never taught him how to live, or to love God.  Finally, one day at twilight they came face to face with God, but the child only gave God a casual glance as he kept moving.

The third father felt the touch of a tender hand in his and adjusted his own steps to the tiny steps of his child.  They walked along, stopping to look at all God’s beauty and grandeur.  They walked in the fields and picked the flowers.  They felt the delicate petals and smelled their fragrance.  They watched a bird in flight, and another building her nest.  They talked a lot, to each other and to God.  Finally, one day at twilight they saw the face of God, and without hesitation, the child, with one hand in his daddy’s, placed his other hand trustingly into the hand of his heavenly Abba Father, and the three of them walked together.