Edmonds - Pg 23
Beverly D. Allen
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WHO'S YOUR DADDY?
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WHO'S YOUR DADDY?
A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in
Gatlinburg , Tennessee .
One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little
restaurant, hoping to Enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they
were waiting for their food, they Noticed a distinguished
looking, white-haired man moving from table to Table, visiting
with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to
His wife, 'I hope he doesn't come over here.' But sure enough,
the man did Come over to their table.
'Where are you folks from?' he asked in a friendly voice.
' Oklahoma ,' they answered.
'Great to have you here in Tennessee ,' the stranger said...
'What do you do for a living?'
'I teach at a seminary,' he replied.
'Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I've
got a really great story for you.'
And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at
the table with the couple.
The professor groaned and thought to himself, 'Great.. Just
what I need.... another preacher story!'
The man started, 'See that mountain
over there? (Pointing out the restaurant Window). Not far
from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an
unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every
place he went, he was always asked the same question, 'Hey
boy, who's your daddy?' Whether he was at school, in
the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same
question, 'Who's your daddy?'
He would hide at recess and lunch time from other students..
He would avoid Going in to stores because that question hurt
him so bad. 'When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher
came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out
early to avoid hearing the question, 'Who's your daddy?'
But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast
that he got
caught and had to walk out with the crowd.
Just about the time he got to the back door, the new
preacher, not knowing anything about the boy, put his hand
on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son, who's your daddy?'
The whole church got suddenly quiet. He could feel every eye
in the church looking at him. Now everyone would finally
know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy?'
This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him
Discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the
following to that
scared little boy . . . 'Wait a minute! I know who you are!
I see the family
resemblance now. You are a child of God.'
With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, 'Boy,
you've got a
great inheritance.. Go and claim it.'
With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time
and walked out
the door a changed person. He was never the same again, and
whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just
tell them, 'I'm a Child of God.''
The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said,
'Isn't that a
The professor responded that it really was a great story!
As the man turned to leave, he said, 'You know, if that new
preacher hadn't told me that I was one of God's children, I
probably never would have amounted to anything!' And
he walked away..
The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He
called the waitress
over and asked her, 'Do you know who that man was -- the one
who just left that was sitting at our table?'
The waitress grinned and said, 'Of course. Everybody here
That's Ben Hooper. He's governor of Tennessee !'
Someone in your life today needs a reminder that they're one
'The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God
YOU'RE ONE OF GOD'S CHILDREN!!!
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