10/22/16 Weekend Grif.Net – Heaven is not that Far

10/22/16 Weekend Grif.Net – Heaven is not that Far

Her hair was up in a ponytail, her favorite dress =
tied with a bow.

Today was =
‘Daddy’s Day’ at school, and she couldn’t wait to go. =


But her mommy tried to tell her that she probably =
should stay home.

Why the kids =
might not understand if she went to school alone.


But =
she was not afraid; she knew just what to say.

What to tell her classmates of why he wasn’t there =


But still her mother worried for her to face this =
day alone.

And that was why once =
again she tried to keep her daughter home.


But =
the little girl went to school, eager to tell them all. =

About a dad she never sees, a dad =
who never calls.


There =
were daddies along the wall in back for everyone to meet. =

Children squirming impatiently, =
anxious in their seats.


One by =
one the teacher called a student from the class.

To introduce their daddy as seconds slowly passed. =


At last the teacher called her name, every child =
turned to stare.

Each of them was =
searching for a man who wasn’t there.


"Where’s her daddy at?" she heard a boy =
call out..

"She probably =
doesn’t have one," another student dared to shout. =


And from somewhere near the back she heard a daddy =

"Looks like another =
deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day."


The =
words did not offend her as she smiled up at her Mom.

And looked back at her teacher who told her to go =


And with hands behind her back, slowly she began to =

And out from the mouth of =
a child came words incredibly unique.


"My Daddy couldn’t be here because he lives so =
far away.

But I know he wishes he =
could be, since this is such a special day.


And =
though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know.

All about my daddy, and how much he loves me so. =


He loved to tell me stories, he taught me to ride =
my bike.

He surprised me with =
pink roses, and taught me to fly a kite.


We =
used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a cone.

And though you cannot see him,  I’m not =
standing here alone.


"Cause my daddy’s always with me, even though =
we are apart

I know because he =
told me, he’ll forever be in my heart"


With =
that, her little hand reached up, and lay across her chest. =

Feeling her own heartbeat beneath =
her favorite dress.


And =
from somewhere in the crowd of dads her mother stood in tears. =

Proudly watching her daughter who =
was wise beyond her years.


For =
she stood up for the love of a man not in her life.

Doing what was best for her, doing what was right. =


And when she dropped her hand back down, staring =
straight into the crowd.

She =
finished with a voice so soft, but its message clear and loud. =


"I love my daddy very much, he’s my shining =

And if he could, he’d be =
here, but heaven’s just too far.


You =
see he was a fireman and died just this past year

When he ran into a building without any doubt or =


But sometimes when I close my eyes, it’s like he =
never went away."

And then =
she closed her eyes and saw him there that day.


And to =
her mother’s amazement, she witnessed with surprise.

A room full of daddies and children, all starting =
to close their eyes.


Who =
knows what they saw before them,  who knows what they felt inside. =

Perhaps for merely a second they =
saw him at her side.


"I know you’re with me Daddy,"  to =
the silence she called out.

And =
what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt. =


Not one in that room could explain it, for each of =
their eyes had been closed.

But =
there on the desk beside her, was a fragrant long-stemmed rose. =


And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, by =
the love of her shining bright star.

And given the gift of believing, that heaven is not =
that far.



Dr Bob Griffin = =

"Jesus Knows Me, This I =