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The Father's Voice
By Kenneth L. Pierpont
Sometimes you can be enjoying a beautiful, mundane afternoon and be plunged into a heart-rending crisis within a few seconds. That happened to us one quiet afternoon a few years ago. I was walking out across the yard enjoying the laughter and play-sounds of the children coming from the other side of the barn.
There was an old corn crib beyond the barn and the children loved to use as a little jail. It was made of wire and rusty angle iron and had a door with a latch.
A few times in my life I have had impressions, strong mystical inner feelings. Sometimes they prompt me to fulfill some obligation, more often they warn of danger. Walking toward the barn I had a strong impression in my heart to call for little Heidi. All the children were playing there beyond the barn and out of sight, but it was Heidi that came to my mind. There was a feeling of urgency attached to the thought.
"Heidi," I called. "Come here." Nothing.
"Heidi." No answer.
I felt a stirring feeling in my heart and called out again louder this time wishing she would answer.
What I saw next is a scene that I will never forget. Heidi is a beautiful little girl. She has long blonde hair and mountain-lake-blue-colored eyes. Her voice is low like her mother and sisters. She is a quiet middle child who is has always been easy to raise.
She came through the barn door and out into the sunlight from the shadows of the barn and her beautiful little face was covered with blood. There was a gash on her forehead and it was gapping open and bleeding fast. It made my heart hurt to see it. It still hurts to think about it.
The children spilled out the details of the story. The neighbor boy was in the "jail" and trying to get out. A small stick was in the latch. He knew if he kicked the door the stick would snap and he would be free. He kicked with all his might at the same moment Heidi walked in front of the door. The sharp frame of angle iron caught her in the center of her forehead.
The children crowded around her with fearful looks on their faces. It was clear this was not going to be a do-it-yourself first aid job. She was heading for the emergency room for stitches. Immediately I began to feel sick about the scar that would most certainly mar her pretty little face.
I would so willingly have traded places with her. Lois and I cleaned her up and Lois used a butterfly bandage to close the wound until I could get her to the doctor. It was about twenty miles to his office. The office was closed, but he agreed to meet us there anyway.
All the way the lump stayed in my throat and my heart raced. I prayed; "O, Lord, please don't let Heidi's pretty little face have a scar.
When we finally arrived at the doctor, he said, looking at the butterfly; "Who did this?" "Her mother, I said." "I'm not going to touch this," he said. "This will heal up fine the way it is. You tell your wife she did a great job."
I reached for my wallet. The doctor stopped me. Listen, you stop on the way home and take the money you were going to use for me and see to it that thispretty little girl gets some ice cream.
"Will there be a scar?" I asked. "Ken, in a few weeks I doubt if you will even remember this happened", he said reassuringly.
I thanked the good man and warmly shook his hand. Heidi and I walked to the car holding hands. Back in the car my heart settled and a wave of thanksgiving and relief flooded over me. I breathed a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord, than Heidi and I thanked the Lord together. We headed to Dairy Queen. (The doctor usually charges about $60.00 a visit so I figured we could really tank up, what with $30.00 a piece and all).
"Heidi," I asked as we drove, "Did you hear me calling you, Sweetheart?"
"Yes," she answered quietly in her little low voice.
"Did you come the first time you heard me call?"
"I was going to come but I just wanted to go over to the corncrib first."
"Is that when you got hurt."
"Oh, Heidi," I said; "Please remember always to come the first time you are called."
"If you had come the first time you were called, you would never have been hurt."
The road wound home over tender green hills beautiful in early spring. We dove slowly enjoying our time together. My grateful heart meditated on my Heavenly Father. All His plans for me are good. I never need to be slow to answer the first time He calls. So many painful experiences in my life could have been avoided if I had answered the first time he called.
Write Ken and let him know your thoughts on his story!
I'm Ken Pierpont. I speak, sing, and write to inspire others. I mentor people and organize things and do what needs to me done to support my story-telling habit. I am not above telling stories for food.
I have been married to Lois, my college sweetheart since 1979. We have eight children, four sons and four daughters. We live near Chicago in Hinsdale, Illinois where I work for the Institute in Basic Life Principles. (www.iblp.org)
On the weekends we are free to minister in Churches within driving distance. My goal in life is to communicate truth about Jesus Christ and demonstrate that truth in my own life and family every day.
Ken sends the Stonebridge Newsletter, a free weekly electronic newsletter, to over 5,000 subscribers every Monday morning. You can visit his site at: www.kenpierpont.com
Creation Q & A
Q: How can extinct fossil creatures still be living?
A: It all started in Australia, at the Riversleigh fossil deposits in North West Queensland.
Scientists found some fossils of turtles that they thought had become extinct during the so-called Pleistocene period. This was about 50,000 years ago, according to the evolutionary timescale. Then about 90 kilometers, or 56 miles away, they found a new species of a living turtle. It turns out that this turtle appears to be the same as the fossils they found!
The remarkable thing was that the living turtles showed absolutely no signs of any evolutionary changes over the supposedly 50,000 years since the fossils were formed.
This turtle is just another example of a living specimen that appears to be identical to the fossils that supposedly formed many thousands, or sometimes millions, of years ago according to evolution. We call these 'living fossils.'
If most of the fossils we find today are the result of a worldwide flood that occurred in the days of Noah, then you would expect to find many of the same animals alive today. And this is what we do see--which fits with Genesis.
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This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the Creation/Evolution controversy each day.
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Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative article that will help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"No matter what a man's past may have been, his future is spotless."--John R. Rice
Verse for the Day
"...forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before."--Philippians 3:13
Kid's Thought for the Day
A quiet little 3-year-old came in for his first dental cleaning and checkup. The hygienist (who's great with children) tried to strike up a conversation but no response. After the cleaning, the dentist was called in to do the final check. The dentist (who loves children) talked to the little boy, trying to strike up a conversation.
"How old are you?"
The dentist then asked, "Don't you know how old you are?" Immediately three tiny fingers went up.
"Oh," replied the dentist, "and do you know how old that is?"
Three little fingers went up once again. Continuing the effort to gain a verbal response, the dentist asked, "Can you talk?"
The solemn little patient looked at the dentist and asked, "Can you count?"
Parent's Thought For The Day
"Some parents bring up their children solely on thunder and lightning. But thunder and lightning never yet made anything grow."
Coach's Thought For The Day
"When you stand on the victory stand, you must be able to ask yourself: 'Did I win this medal?'" --Kip Keino, Olympic gold medalist in the 1500 and the 3000 meter steeplechase, from a speech urging young athletes not to use performance enhancing drugs.
Writer's Thought For The Day
"You only learn to be a better writer by writing. I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer." --Doris Lessing
Deep Thoughts For The Day
The most beautiful sunsets are made by cloudy skies.
Bonus Deep Thought For The Day
Never try and leap a chasm in two jumps.
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This Week: "Temptation" by Jeff Williams
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