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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Denying Fool

What is the tenderest expression of love your father has ever shared with you? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 106).

There are times I can be a denying fool. Just the other day I was having lunch with a friend and she said "You need to go take a nap." I was nodding off at the table. Somehow I think napping during the day is a sign of weakness, so I said – Oh no, I don't need a nap.... when the contrary fact remained obvious to my friend.

I can think of many tender moments with my father when we were all gathered together in the family circle. But here I would like to think of a time when we were one on one and he showed tenderness. We were sitting in the living room and he looked down at me (for I was sitting on the floor beside his chair) and he said "Don't you ever get lonely?" I was in my early 20s at the time and was unspeakably lonely. But my immediate and reflexive response to my father was "No, never am. I keep busy!" He let the subject go, but I often wonder what he thought of his son telling this obvious lie.

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