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Good Morning MVC - June 23rd

by Joe Phenisee on June 23, 2020

Good Morning MVC, 

 

Glad to be checking in with you this Tuesday. 

 

I know its two days removed, but I wanted to just take the time to share with you some of the things I’ve been processing concerning Father’s day. 

 

The experience of being a Korean male with a Black dad is full of moments both meaningful and humorous. For instance,  when I was a child my dad dropped me off at a Korean Day Care, and I cried my eyes out because in that moment I thought I was surrounded by a bunch of kids who did not look like me. 

 

It took me some time to understand that neither do I not look like my Dad, but at no point in my life was my melanin count going to jump up. 

 

There’s a lot of things that I’ve learned from my dad. How to work ahead and to be diligent in everything you do. How to be generous with not only your finances, but with your time and energy. But I’ve also learned something about what it means to be forgiven.  

 

There was one time, as a kid, when I got into an argument with my dad, and I can’t quite remember what it was all about. But what I do recall was that I got so heated in the moment that I told him “I don’t understand why you are acting like my Dad, when you’re not really my Dad.” 

 

And instead of replying, my Dad just went silent and walked out of the room. I knew I hurt my dad then, but now I realize that my comments also reminded him of all those years of wanting to start a family with my mom, only to be met with disappointment time and time again. 

 

So it would have been understandable if he responded angrily to me. It would have made sense if it took him some time for him to process the hurt. But to this day, what I will never understand is how when I went to apologize just 30 mins later, he was ready to forgive. 

 

Its been 17 years since I said those words, and my Dad has been upset with me at least 17 times. But let me tell you, he never once mentioned that incident to me. 

 

This Sunday we will be starting a new sermon series on the Epistle to the Hebrews. 

In chapter 8 verse 12 we are told that through the priestly and sacrificial work of Jesus, God has forgiven us. He says, “I will forgive their iniquities, and will no longer call to mind their sins.” 

 

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it is hard to believe that what God says about his forgiveness is true, especially for me. 

 

But then I remember my Dad, and I think to myself if a good but an imperfect father chose to move on from a personal offense that I have made 17 years ago, how much more should I trust that my good and perfect father really means what he says? 

 

So thank you dad for teaching me that not only can I take assurance in God’s forgiveness, but that it is humanly possible to imitate our God in extending grace to others. 

 

Take care MVC, and God bless. 
Joe

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