While He is Away

Dan is in Brazil this week working at The University of Life in Fortaleza. This is an outreach program that focuses on education as a way out of poverty. We are thrilled that Daddy is helping them, but, WOW, do we miss that man!

Dan isn’t a typical see-you-after-work kind of dad. He is the definition of hands-on. He is better at getting Macy to sleep than I am…and I’m her sole source of nutrition! Some kids are lucky enough to have an excellent father figure – I was one of those kids, and my kids are too. Sure, someday they’ll have to work it all out for themselves, but for today Dan is about the best example of Father that I know.

Ada is three and she reminded me tonight of how we should all act during this season when, as the parable says, the Father is away. We were watching Dan on his daily YouTube video journal (see what I mean? He’s amazing!), and while he was talking about the mosquito netting over his bed, Ada leaned into the computer and smiled, “Oh, Dad, you’re so good to us!” It was so sweet and heartfelt.

That is the heart of a grateful daughter, one who doesn’t always need her father’s physical presence to be reminded of how good he really is. So until He returns, let’s remember to be thankful for who He is to us and to the world. “Oh, Dad, You’re so good to us!”

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