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My relationship with my dad is rare....

June 15th 2017

Psalm 103:13, “As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion on those who fear Him.”

Proverbs 3:12, “for the Lord reproves him who He loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.”

Do “reproves” and “shows compassion” seem contradictory? To a child they certainly might. I was once that child, and now as a grown woman, I see how well discipline and love fit together. These are the marks of a godly, devoted father. My dad is such a man- attentive, present, and dedicated to me- in my academic, relational, physical, and spiritual growth. He displays these qualities even now that I am much older.

I don’t really have to use hindsight to talk about my dad. I have countless memories of his nurturing efforts. And yes, fathers, not just mothers, get to nurture. I remember sit-down lectures about sin in my life, arguments, tantrums, and losing my dessert and TV privileges.

I also remember tearful math tutoring sessions, long drives to ballet class, canoe excursions in the rain, political debates, discussions of sermons over lunch, wrestling, cooking, building, encouraging, teaching, and praying... my amazing dad.

I know not everyone gets this experience. Even among my peers with similar backgrounds, my relationship with my dad is rare. This is why he is so precious to me. And this is why those verses I began with are so important.

The end point of those verses is about our heavenly Father’s love. My dad didn’t just take in the parts about reproof and compassion- He took to heart that my heavenly Father will not fail me, even if my earthly father does. That’s why he went to such great lengths to teach me Scripture- so that I would be reliant on God my Father when everyone and everything else falls away.


- Kate Kempf is on staff at Amnion this summer as Office Assistant. She has also served as a past RealEd Speaker, encouraging youth toward healthy relationships. Kate is presently a Social Work major at Cairn University.

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