Portrait Of A Son
There once lived a wealthy widower who shared a passion for collecting art with his son. Priceless works adorned the family estate.
Then the war came. The son enlisted, and after only a few weeks, the father’s worst fears were realized: his son was killed in action.
Months later the old man, still grieving, answered a knock on the door. "I was a friend of your son,” said the stranger at the door, “He was rescuing me when he died. I have something I want to give you." And he gave the father a portrait he had painted of the man’s son! It wasn’t a masterpiece, but precious nonetheless. The old man was overcome with emotion and gratitude.
When the old man died, his paintings were slated for auction. The event began with a painting that wasn’t on the docket—the painting of the man's son.
Bidding opened at $100. Silence. “Who cares about that painting?” someone cried, “Let's get to the good stuff." Voices clamored in agreement.
Finally, an elderly gentleman asked, "Will you take $10? That's all I have, but I knew the lad and would love to have the portrait." After more silence, the auctioneer said, "Going once, going twice. Gone."
Then to everyone’s surprise, the auctioneer closed the auction! Stunned disbelief filled the room. "What do you mean?” voices demanded, “There’s still millions of dollars of art here!"
The auctioneer replied, "It’s really quite simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes his son gets it all.”
It’s the same with us . . . whoever takes the Son in faith receives all the Father’s benefits!
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Whether he was there or not during your youth, your father has shaped and continues to shape who you are and how you function in every aspect of your life. And while our culture devalues the contribution that a father makes to a family, it is clear that those of us with an absent or detached father have an empty, undefinable longing–for Dad. Making Peace with Your Father offers you a comprehensive look at the role of the father. It celebrates the positive influence a dad can have and uncovers the consequences that absent or abusive fathers have on their children. Most importantly, it takes you through eleven steps that will move you toward forgiveness so that you can make peace with your earthly father for the pain or difficulties he has brought to your life–allowing you to develop a closer relationship with your heavenly Father.