“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
Father’s Day is fun for me. While I miss my Dad every day, I love thinking about him hanging out with Moses, the Apostle Paul, and of course, Jesus. I was blessed with a wonderful father who much like Mark Twain’s Dad, somehow became amazingly wiser after my teenage years.
Some of my earliest memories are of singing with my Dad and brothers. Mom played the piano, found the matching outfits, and we four brothers sang with Dad “con gusto.” As the youngest brother, my job was to just stand there and try to look cute.
Last month I had the fun of revising a song I sang with my Dad some 45 years ago. If you’ve known the “Thompson Family” that long, you may even remember this duet. It’s called, “God Spoke” and I put it together for a concert in Miami a few weeks ago.
For Father’s Day, I thought it would be fun to share it with you, too. You’ll hear “little Eddie” sing soprano along with the wonderful voice of my Dad. Here’s the link: God Spoke.
One of my favorite childhood memories of my Dad took place on a very ordinary day. I don’t recall all the details, but I believe my brothers were in school, mom was home, and it was just me and dad in the car. I have no recollection of where we were going, but it doesn’t matter.
As we were driving down the road, we passed a movie theatre where a Clint Eastwood movie was playing. “You wanna go?” he asked with a big smile. I remember I could hardly believe it. It was the middle of the day. Dad would miss work. He didn’t even ask mom. My brothers would be jealous. “Yes!” I blurted out with excitement.
I love being a Dad. I also know I am full of faults, sin, and imperfections. I often miss the mark. My earthly father reminded me he was also full of imperfections. But he was quick to remind me there is One who never misses the mark. His love for His children is perfect, always seeks and moves for our good and is measured by the ultimate sacrifice. One of our most amazing realities is that we get to call Him Father.
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are…” (see 1 John 3:1-3). And there are these wonderful words, “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
As you pray and partner with the ministry of LOGOI, you are helping others discover “how much our Father loves us.”
God has given us some 24,000 pastors and teaching leaders across 40 countries to help grow in the love and knowledge of our Heavenly Father. What a privilege. And just think, it costs us only $5 per month per pastor/leader. As you read this, LOGOI pastors and leaders are in their local neighborhoods at work even now.
Thank you for your faithful partnership. May you feel our Heavenly Father’s love today and…