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Tony and His Dad
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By Dan Freedman
St. Helena Seventh-Day Adventist Church
July 17, 2010

Tony woke up one morning and ran as fast as his little legs could take him to his parents’ bedroom. “Dad!” he exclaimed, “What’s for breakfast?”

Dad picked up Tony and said, “I think we will have your favorite, pancakes.”

Tony was so excited he ran back to his room to change his clothes. Soon the whole family was gathered together in the kitchen making pancakes. Tony loved pancakes, pancakes with  peanut butter and lots of fruit on top. Tony would eat pancakes with peanut butter and fruit all day long if it were up to him. After breakfast Tony helped his dad put the dishes in the sink. When they were finished Tony asked Dad, “What are we going to do today?”

Dad said, “Let’s work in the garden.”

Together they went out the back door where Dad had a large garden for the family. Dad started weeding and so Tony started weeding, too. Now, Tony was a young guy and he had a hard time determining which were plants and which were weeds. There were times when Dad had to stop Tony and replant some of the good plants he pulled out. Also, there were times when Tony accidentally put his feet in the wrong places and Dad had to remind Tony to be careful where he stepped. Finally, after working in the garden for a while, Dad stood up and wiped his brow.

“Boy, it is hot out here,” he said. 

Tony had an idea. Dad has been working long and hard in the garden, he must be thirsty. I will go and fill a cup with water and bring my dad a drink. Tony ran as fast as his little legs could take him to the kitchen. He pulled a chair over to the sink and looked for a cup. There he found the cup he had used for breakfast. He pushed the faucet on but he kept it in the middle because he did not want it to be too hot or too cold. As soon as he filled it to the top he shut off the water and stepped down from the chair. He ran as fast as he could back to his dad, and as he did, much of the water spilled all over him. When Tony finally reached his dad he put out his arms and said to his dad, “This is for you.”

His dad stopped what he was doing and took the cup from Tony. As he did he noticed he could still see a drop of milk on the lip of the cup from this morning’s breakfast. Dad looked at Tony and smiled, than he drank all the lukewarm water that was left in the cup. “Was it good?” asked Tony.

“Yes, Tony,” Dad answered, “It was the best I have ever had.” Tony smiled at his dad and his dad smiled back at him.

“I love you, Dad,” said Tony. “I love you, too, Tony,” replied his dad.

“Dad, when I grow up I want to be just like you,” said Tony.

As I think about the story of Tony and his dad, I want you to know you have a heavenly Father who loves you even more than Tony’s dad loved Tony. When I grow up, I want to be just like Him, and I hope you do, too.

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