Kisses from the Father


uring a recent visit to Nolan’s house, which also just so happens to be where my son and daughter-in-law live, I had the great joy of getting a kiss goodnight.

Nolan had finished his bath and the wonderful scent of the freshly cleaned toddler filled the air. Taking in deep breaths is like breathing in the fountain of youth. With each breath I could feel wrinkles shrinking away.

Finally, it was time for my goodnight kiss. Getting a kiss from a grandchild may just be the best kiss there is and I certainly was not going to miss my turn. “Pops,” as I’m called, was already puckered up, standing in the doorway, and humming in anticipation.

Nolan was in his mother’s arms and smiled at his goofy, puckered up Grandpa. My humming increased as I leaned over. Then, the moment I received my beso (kiss), I let out a big “mmmmmmmuah and sprang back as the power of grandchild’s love went soaring through my body. Nolan let out a great laugh. I’m pretty sure that with that one kiss, I gained back at least 30 days of life. (See the 8 second video below).

What is it about a kiss?

Albert Einstein said, “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”

Aren’t you glad “kisses” are mentioned throughout the Bible? One of our favorite Bible stories mentions a kiss. It’s the story of the Prodigal Son and it’s easy to miss. The wayward son has lost everything. He’s strayed too far and he has no one to blame but himself. He realizes he is no longer worthy to even be considered his father’s son. “Maybe my father will take me back as a hired servant,” he says to himself and out of desperation, heads home.