The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Celebrate Dads

This Sunday is Father’s Day “Happy Father’s Day!” I thought I’d share a few precious dad moments... Moments that would only happen to a dad and only a dad would appreciate…
One night a wife found her husband standing over their newborn baby’s crib. Silently she watched him. As he stood looking down at the sleeping infant, she saw on his face a mixture of emotions: disbelief, doubt, delight, amazement, enchantment, skepticism. He would stand back, shake his head and say, "Amazing," while smiling from ear to ear.
Touched by his unusual display and the deep emotions it aroused, her eyes glistened as she slipped her arms around him. "A penny for your thoughts," she whispered in his ear.
"Isn’t it amazing!" he replied. "When you take the time and really look close, how can anyone make a crib like that for only $45.99!"
One dad wrote: As ham sandwiches go, it was perfection. A thick slab of ham, a fresh bun, crisp lettuce and plenty of expensive, light brown, gourmet mustard. The corners of my jaw were aching in anticipation,
I carried it to the picnic table in our backyard, picked it up with both hands but was stopped by my wife suddenly at my side. "Hold Johnny, (our six-week-old son), while I get my sandwich," she said.
I had him balanced between my left elbow and shoulder and was reaching again for the ham sandwich when I noticed a streak of mustard on my fingers. I love mustard. And I had no napkin. So I licked it off.
It was NOT mustard. No man ever put a baby down faster. It was the first and only time I have sprinted with my tongue protruding. With a washcloth in each hand I did the sort of routine shoeshine guys do, only I did it on my tongue.
Later my wife said, "Now you know why they call that mustard ’Poupon.’"
Children will surprise you writes Scott Taylor. A few years ago on a lazy Saturday morning my son Philip, then 5, invited himself into my bed. After about 5 minutes of intense tickling, wrestling and laughing, we collapsed together on the now coverless and pillowless bed. It was just a few seconds later that he raised his head from my chest, looked into my eyes, and said, "Dad, you’re the bestest Daddy in the whole wide world." And then, before I even had a chance to sample this precious morsel of parental affirmation he added, as he lay back down beside me, "And you’re a bugar-head!" –adapted—

I look forward to sharing Fathers’ Day together with you all this Sunday. We will celebrate dads, but we will also honor all of the men who attend the service. I am excited about this Sunday’s message which will be designed especially for men. It is titled “Man of God” and will be based on Joshua 1:1-11. We will have gifts for all the men present and our women plan to present a delicious meal for the entire church family following the service. You won’t want to miss this great gathering for the entire family.

Celebrating Dads,

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