A Book of Devotional Stories
Originally published under the title “In My Father’s Footsteps Volume 1” this book of devotions is made up of stories from everyday life that tells the timeless truth of God’s love for all people in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ.
I began writing devotions – using stories – in 1998 (or so) – and started compiling them in paperback book and e-reader form in 2016.
This volume makes an excellent Father’s Day present!
Baseball and Bridges
“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Last night my oldest son and I watched the movie Field of Dreams. It is a story about baseball and how the game brought together a father and a son when they had been separated by ideology, differences, age, and even death itself. Of all the messages in the movie, the one that brings tears to my eyes is the power of “having a catch” with dad.Love your sons so that they don’t have to cross time and space (or go to Iowa) to tell you they love you.
Can baseball really bring people together? The evidence points in both directions, I suppose. Boston Red Sox fans and Chicago Cubs fans have been brought together because “misery loves company.” But if you are a Cubs fan named Steve Bartman, baseball hasn’t brought you together with any other Cubs fan.
Yet, I hope it is true what Phil said in the movie City Slickers. “When my father and I couldn’t communicate about anything, the one thing we could talk about was baseball.”
Baseball is seen, by some, as a powerful bridge across the generational gap. But I can do baseball one better.
Yeah, I know what some of you are thinking. “Another religious fanatic.” Ok, think what you must. But just read a bit further.
Baseball & Jesus Do Not Change
Baseball, as a fundamental concept, hasn’t really changed since its inception sometime in the 19th century. (I don’t want to get into a debate about artificial grass, lights and the designated hitter).
Jesus Christ doesn’t change either. He’s “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). The same Christ that transformed St. Paul, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Billy Graham, and you, is the Lord of the Universe.
Jesus Christ is the one constant in the entire universe (in spite of what Terrance Mann says in Field of Dreams.)
If you are a father who laments losing his son to ideology or just plain age, Jesus Christ can (and does want to) bring you together. If you are a son who feels that you’ve gone so far you don’t know how to go home again, Jesus Christ is your answer as well.
How is this done? Excellent question. I don’t have the detailed answer for you. I’m sorry. But I am trying to figure out how to help dads and sons (and moms and daughters, too) seek Jesus Christ to heal their wounds and bring them together. I know that Christ is the answer. He has been the answer in my life and many other lives that I know.
There’s nothing wrong with baseball. Many times Christ will use baseball as his bridge, especially for fathers and sons. But don’t confuse the bridge for the Bridge-builder.
It is Christ and his saving death and resurrection for you that binds the broken-hearted together. He brings fathers and sons back together again. Jesus restores broken homes. He holds cracked relationships together.
You haven’t run too far that you can’t go home again. Christ is with you and will bring your heart back home.