Father’s Day

For the occasion of Father’s Day, I share a story given to me by a special patriarch of our church, Walton Clapp:
“Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old deacon who always prayed, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leaning side.’ After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently.”
“The deacon answered, ‘Well, sir, you see, it’s like this . . . I’ve got an old barn out back. It’s been there a long time; it’s withstood a lot of weather; it’s gone through a lot of storms, and it’s stood for many years. It’s still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit. So I went and got some poles and propped it up on its leaning side, so it wouldn’t fall.’
‘Then I got to thinking about how much I am like that old barn. I’ve been around a long time. I’ve withstood a lot of life’s storms. I’ve withstood a lot of bad weather in life, a lot of hard times, and I am still standing too. But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, ’cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times.’
“Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness, leaning toward hatred, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t. So we need to pray, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again to glorify the Lord.”

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