I Want My Daddy
I was ten years old when a knock on our door came that would change our family life forever. Opening the door my mother and I saw messengers who came to deliver the kind of message of which nightmares are made. Those uninvited guests shared the horrific news that my father had been killed in an accident the night before while we slept. An aunt used to tell me that on that first night after the news I was so distraught that she offered to sleep in the bed with me. According to her, before going to bed I took the picture of my father from the wall over my mother’s bed, clutched it to my chest and cried myself to sleep muttering, “I want my daddy. I want my daddy.”
While I have no active memory of that incident, I know what was going on in this little boy’s heart and mind. More than anything I wanted my daddy to step out of that picture frame and back into our lives to live with us once again making us a whole and complete family.
During this past Christmas season as I was reflecting on this time in my life, I affirmed that when God sent Jesus into the world on that first Christmas that is precisely what He did. The creator God who is above and beyond time and space chose to step out of the cosmic picture frame to come to live among us as one of us. As John so eloquently states it, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” (John 1:14)
As we move into this new year, may the One who came to live among us and to die on a cross for us be with you and give you His peace. Your staff at Ohio Ministries wishes you a Christ-filled and happy new year.