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He Was There

by Max Lucado

Today is Father's Day.

For thirty-one years I had one of the best. But now he's gone. He's 
buried under an oak tree in a west Texas cemetery. Even though he's 
gone, his presence is very near--especially today.

It seems strange that he isn't here. I guess that's because he was 
never gone. He was always close by. Always available. Always present. 
His words were nothing novel. His achievements, though admirable, 
were nothing extraordinary.
But his presence was.

Summer vacation, Homecoming dates, algebra, first car, driveway 
basketball--they all had one thing in common: his presence.

And because he was there life went smoothly. The car always ran, the 
bills got paid, and the lawn stayed mowed. Because he was there the 
laughter was fresh and the future was secure. Because he was there my 
growing up was what God intended growing up to be.

Because he was there we kids never worried about things like income 
tax, savings accounts, monthly bills or mortgages. Those were the 
things on Daddy's desk.

He made the decisions, broke up the fights, chuckled at Archie 
Bunker, read the paper every evening, and fixed breakfast on Sundays. 
He didn't do anything unusual. He only did what dads are supposed to 
do--be there.

He taught me how to shave and how to pray. He modeled the importance 
of getting up early and of staying out of debt.

He comes to mind often. When I smell "Old Spice" after-shave, I think 
of him. When I see a bass boat I see his face.

Daddy never told me his life story.  But I knew that if I ever wanted to know, he would tell me. All I had  to do was ask. And I knew if I ever needed him, he'd be there.

Max Lucado

Excerpted from From "God Came Near" Copyright 1987, Max Lucado. Used by permission of Word Publishing, Nashville, TN.

With more than 28 million books in print, Max Lucado has touched millions with his signature storytelling writing style. Awards and accolades follow Max with each book he writes. Max is the first author to win the Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year three times -- 1999 for Just Like Jesus, 1997 for In the Grip of Grace and 1995 for When God Whispers Your Name.

Max serves as the pulpit minister of the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas. But he says his greatest accomplishment is finding a one-in-a-million wife in Denalyn and having three unbelievable daughters: Jenna, Andrea, and Sara.

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Thought For The Day:

"We are never defeated unless we give up on God." --Ronald Reagan

Verse for the Day:

"In all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." --Romans 8:37

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"Imaginary friends can be the best."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"A home's temperature is best maintained by warm hearts, not cold words or hot heads."

Coach's Thought For The Day

"Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks." --Joe Paterno

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"I underline and write and dog-ear like crazy. A book should never be just read; it should be used." --Tom Morris

Deep Thought For The Day:

"People who live in glass houses should change clothes in the basement."



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