Sunday grace……..

by Edie Wadsworth on September 29, 2008

There are so many things to love about this guy.   He’s rugged, funny,  smart,   loves football and fishing and good scotch,  can name nearly every tree in nature,  reads theology books,  can water ski and snow ski like a pro,  likes classical music and Pearl Jam,  and  occasionally loses his temper.   He’s edgy like that sometimes…..in a masculine,  Jesus-and-the-money-changers sort of a way.   He has huge biceps and makes you feel like he’d crush anyone who tried to hurt you…….all the things that make a girl go weak in the knees. 

  Yesterday,  he saw our children and there friends throwing small matchbox cars in the pool.   It was right after the Vols got beat so he was already a little ‘frustrated’,  let’s say.   He yelled…… they cried……I was bewildered.   Today, as we pulled into the church parking lot,  he put his right hand on my shoulder and gave me a little touch of affection.  He asked the girls if they remembered the pool incident and they, of course,  did.    He told them that he was wrong to lose his temper and asked if we would forgive him.    Elea said,  ”Yes,  daddy,  I forgive you.”   The exchange was powerful.   I can’t think of a better way to teach forgiveness to your children. The historic liturgy of the church is beautiful on this subject,  and thank God we say and  hear these words every Sunday;  

“Lord we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean and have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed by what we have done and by what we have left undone.   We have not loved you with our whole heart and we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.   We justly deserve your present and eternal punishment.   For the sake of Your son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.  Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways……Almighty God in His mercy has given His son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins.”   

Now, that is comfort.   We fail.   We screw up.   We lose our tempers,  get angry…. and He stands there waiting…..to forgive.   It is a powerful force in any relationship,  but especially in families. To forgive and be forgiven,  what a gift from God!    I am thankful for  a man who is passionate enough to get angry and man enough to ask for forgiveness.   He also  just so happens to able to identify nearly every bird flying overhead  and he can wind the bobbin on my sewing machine!   I’m starting to feel so inadequate!
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1 Jessica September 29, 2008 at 2:54 am

What a great man you’ve got there. I love when parents screw up and ask their kids for forgiveness. It shows them that they matter and that you respect them as people too. Sweet story. :)

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2 Denise C September 29, 2008 at 4:49 am

OH what a precious daddy he is!
I noticed your comment on Buzzings of a Queen bee….and thought I’d pop over…then as I was reading…. I realized that we must live near each other…as we are in upper east Tn too!!! So…I read through a few of your posts….and to my surprise…you were at our church for the bands performance!!! (We were not there that night though….we were at the beach) And…..one more tidbit….we homeschool too! Now isn’t that just like GOD to cross our paths through the blogging world! I just couldn’t believe it when I saw your picture standing in the foyer of our church!!!
Congratulations to your son’s group on winning the battle of the bands! What a talented young man he is!
I hope you have a wonderful week!
Sweet Blessings,
Denise C

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3 BloomingAlmond September 29, 2008 at 10:11 am

Oh gosh… What a great teacher! :))

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4 Keli September 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm

He does sound like a wonderful guy and a great dad! Thanks for the lesson!

BTW – I tagged you on my blog! Go to the post before todays…

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5 Beth September 29, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Hi Edie,

What a great post! I love the words you shared in the liturgy reading.

I am glad you stopped by my blog. I sent you an email in response to your question.

You will love working in CS3! I am having too much fun!

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6 Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam September 29, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Yep – let’s just get it out there…your husband rocks…in a rugged, Jesus and the money changer kind of way. hee hee
The influence that the words of a father have….powerful!!

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7 Buzzings of a Queen Bee! September 30, 2008 at 2:16 am

I love this. We just heard a sermon at church yesterday about forgiveness and how important it is as parents for us to model how to ask for forgiveness. Your kids (and you!) are so lucky to have a man who will do this. God love him!
Carrie

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8 Rick September 30, 2008 at 12:15 pm

What a guy. Hey! I went a little weak in the knees reading about him. But in a masculine sort of way. (Hee Hee)

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9 Sandy Toes September 30, 2008 at 12:28 pm

What a great guy you have….that is a blessing! Great story!
-Sandy Toes

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10 Liz September 30, 2008 at 4:19 pm

What a sweet man. Those girls will remember that apology and love him for it their whole lives. :)

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