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The Love of the Father

“Daddy, will you pray with me?” I asked him. He sat on my bed, took hold of my hand and prayed for me. My pastor father.... his words rising like incense up to the throne of grace. I heard him plead for healing on my behalf and then for himself for divine strength to carry all of the burdens that he had. In those sacred moments, I could hardly breathe as I squeezed his work worn hands… When he whispered, “Amen”, he brought my hand to his lips and kissed it. I almost cried because I realize that Daddy is getting old and I cannot bear the thought Oh, how it tugs at my heart... the thought of losing him “I worry about you,” he said “You’re my only daughter!” and after our goodnights I’m here pouring my heart out tonight trying to get past the lump in my throat Because I know... I know... these times are precious God chose to be known as Father Abba….Daddy I never had a problem understanding the love of God because of that term…FATHER My earthly father is everything a daughter could want and more The first man I ever loved He is honest and hardworking…. He exemplified the meaning of sacrifice as for years he cared for my mother wheelchair bound unable to care for her most basic needs due to MS He'd feed, change, and care for her Serving the church devotedly Giving all he has….. An academician... who sometimes would pay from his pocket when a student had no money for books A man who would stop to give a ride to anyone on the street A man whose office and home Were always open for the weary A man who stood for truth.... “though the heavens fall” My father….. My hero…. The representative Of my heavenly FATHER! “How deep the Father’s love for us How vast beyond all measure.” Father God! Abba…Father! My Daddy, Johnny! Matthew 7: 9 – 11 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Submitted On January, 4, 2015 Contest: Tell Me About Your Daddy Sonsor: Judy Konos

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Date: 1/10/2016 10:30:00 AM
So glad to see this one was chosen, congratulations on your win. Hugs Rick.
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Date: 1/6/2016 4:42:00 AM
What a wonderfully generous father.
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Date: 1/5/2016 7:36:00 PM
What a wonderful and loving daddy you had. Congratulations on your poem about him. Love, Joyce
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Date: 1/5/2016 3:34:00 PM
Thank you for being in my contest. Your father had the one most important thing, compassion and when you have that the world is a better place....
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Judy Konos
Date: 1/5/2016 5:21:00 PM
Our friend Elias Katsaros was the Consul General of Malta representing New Orleans. We have had the misfortune of losing him a few months ago but I have the photos of our being together with him at his Installation Banquet with the Malta Consul General...
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 1/5/2016 3:36:00 PM
I love my dad, Judy. We will be celebrating his 80th in Malta sometime in March. I can't bear the thought of losing him. Thanks for letting me highlight my love for my dad in your contest. Hugs
Date: 6/15/2013 5:32:00 PM
Eileen; this is a beautiful tribute to a father. I am just reading a little poetry because I was able to get up and sit down for a little while. Thanks for sharing this with us..... Lucilla
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Date: 6/14/2013 10:16:00 AM
A very moving piece! Kim
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/14/2013 12:03:00 PM
Thanks, Kim. I've missed your posts! Glad to know you've read and enjoyed! :)
Date: 6/14/2013 8:59:00 AM
Your Father my dear a reflection of our heavenly FATHER on earth! How lucky you must be! Inspiring and uplifting! God bless your father and you!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/14/2013 12:04:00 PM
Thank you, my dear poet. Your visits are always a blessing!
Date: 6/14/2013 7:40:00 AM
This really moved me, my earthly father was a stumbling block because I thought my heavenly father would be similar. Fortunately God showed me the true meaning of Abba Father. I am happy that you grew up with a loving dad.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/14/2013 12:06:00 PM
Oh Richard....I'm so so glad that your heavenly Father has made up for the shortcomings of your earthy one. We are not perfect..... :( I am fortunate and blessed. I hope that Daddy stays with me for much longer...Hugs!
Date: 6/14/2013 7:10:00 AM
A very emotional poem for father with reference to the faith, but strongly projected towards the filial love. Compliments
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/14/2013 12:07:00 PM
Mario, thank you for visiting and commenting. I will pay you a visit soon!
Date: 6/14/2013 5:04:00 AM
I agree with Richard,a moving write Eileen.You certainly stroke a chord in my heart with this one.xox
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/14/2013 12:09:00 PM
Thank you, Mustapha. You are very kind....
Date: 6/13/2013 5:50:00 PM
Very moving Eileen, it alway gladens my heart to see and feel such love between parents and their children. Good that he is everything you could want and more. Take care, Richard
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/14/2013 11:55:00 AM
Yes, My daddy is a special man! I simply adore him! :) He is my pride and joy! I lost my Mama 13 years ago....My daddy is 76...in good health, but he starts to speak of leaving and telling me to be strong because he knows I will crumble...I can't bear it, Richard....thank you for your post.