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Have you ever read something in a novel that moves you deeply?
A great story has the ability to sneak past our defenses. It’s as if our intellectual guard is lowered and something we read unexpectedly connects all the dots. Suddenly we understand something deep down inside.
I recently finished a riveting novel called “The Escape” by David Baldacci. John Puller’s older brother, Robert, has been convicted of treason. His mysterious escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. His brother John races against time and unknown enemies to find him and prove his innocence. It is a fantastic read, especially if you like thrillers with lots of plot twists and action.
There was one particular scene in the book that is very powerful. John Puller’s investigation leads him to a letter written by his father. It is a letter that he shares with his brother.
In the letter the father expresses his deep love for his sons. Here’s an excerpt.
“The crowning glory of my life is and will always be as the father of two extraordinary young men. Indeed, God has shown that there can be no higher purpose for a man. And while I was absent for many important moments in their lives, not a single day ever passed without me thinking about them. I love them more that I have ever loved anything or anyone in my long life.”
In the novel these moving words have a powerful impact on the two brothers.
“Puller couldn’t go on because his voice was cracking. He stopped reading and looked up.
Robert started to say something but then stopped, put his elbows on his thighs, and hung his head.
When his big brother started to weep, Puller sat next to him and put an arm around his shoulders.
The Pullers sat there for a long time together, big, strong, and courageous men transformed back into two little boys by an old man’s loving words that had come a lot later than they should have.”
Wow! Even though I know it is just a story these words still move me to tears.
Every- Single-Time. I pondered why this should be and found two reasons.
The deep love you feel as a parent
As a parent I identify with the words the father wrote. They are the words of a parent who loves his children with everything he has.
This parent knows that he hasn’t always been there the way he should have, but that has never stopped him from loving his children with all his heart.
It is a parent who sees the very best in his child and is not ashamed to say so.
Boy do I ever identify. How about you?
The impact of those words of love
The response of the two brothers to their father’s words hits me hard every time I read it.
In this story the two brothers had grown up with a dad who had loved them deeply, but they didn’t really understand that. When they finally recognized their father’s deep love for them it has a powerful impact.
Our children absolutely need to recognize how much we love them. We can do this in two ways.
Show your love
We can show our children how much we love them by our actions.
Speak words of love
We can speak words of love into their lives every single day.
- Write a love note.
- Whisper the words into their ears when you tuck them into bed.
- Say it when you give them a hug.
- Tell them at the end of every phone call.
- Send them a text.
- Speak it out loud when they have made a mistake. ESPECIALLY when they have made a mistake.
Say it often. Don’t let your words of love come a lot later than they should have.
“It’s not enough to love the children, it is necessary that they are aware that they are loved.” St John Bosco
Excerpt from “The Escape” by David Baldacci Copyright © 2014 by Columbus Rose Ltd