Dad Love

Dear Fathers and other Mentors,

Penguin Books pulled together a collection of original notes from family members of 9-11victims. They’re known as “The Legacy Letters.” One is a letter from now 18-year-old Lauren Charette to her father, Mark Charette, who was then 38 and on the one hundredth floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center when the plane hit.

Lauren wrote this to her Dad:

“Dad, Could you answer some questions I’ll never get to ask?
I’m graduating in June. Will you clap for me?
I’m looking at colleges. Which one should I pick?
Do you remember what I wanted to be when I grew up?
I’m playing volleyball and I’m the setter. That’s what you played, right?
I finally found the waterfall we used to hike to—remember that?
I’ve read almost all of the books you have. Did you like them as much as I did?
I’ve stopped going to church. Does that matter?
Do you miss me as much as I miss you?
Will you be at my wedding?
I’ve forgotten. What’s your favorite color?
Most of all, I want to ask, am I still your little girl?

That’s the whole heart of a 18 year old girl who loses her dad.

This Sunday Terry Herzog and I will offer the sermon together. Most of it will be Terry's testimony of the day in August, 2012 that the medical doctors thought he had died a half dozen times. How did that day impact him, his marriage and his parenting. What has God been up to in the zimzum (the sacred space between.)

I can’t answer too many of Lauren's questions. But I could tell her that church attendance is a blessing. Showing up puts you in the path of the mentors and spiritual giants who parent us in the name of our Heavenly Father. It does matter. This Sunday Terry will be a voice of God who delivers such blessings.

Blessed Father’s Day.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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