Saturday, June 10, 2006



Brennan Manning and Kisses


Now, if that title didn't catch your attention and imagination, then you are simply not alive. Last weekend, our church had the privilege of hosting Brennan Manning for our weekend services. He is booked solid through 2008, but through the fortune of a church cancelling his visit with him, we were able to land him to speak while our pastor was on sabbatical. And what a blessing it was! He gave three distinct messages at each of the services, all focused on the theme of God's amazing love and grace. If you have read any of his books, you will find this theme to be unsurprising, as many of his writings - The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba's Child, Ruthless Trust, etc. - have this as their central theme. During one of his messsages, he referenced a particular translation of the story of the prodigal son. This translation, when it gets to the part of the story of the father greeting his son upon his return, says that the father, "...couldn't stop kissing him." What a beautiful way to read it!

Rewind now about two months. Colin had just recently been born. As I came into contact with friends and acquaintances, many of them would ask, "So, how is it being a daddy?" My reply to many of them was, "I just can't stop kissing him!" Almost word for word what that translation read. I guess this being a daddy thing is just a glimpse of the overwhelming love that the Father has for me. It means so much more now...

6 comments:

Julie said...

awwwwwww.... Fitz, you are gonna be a great dad...

allister said...

fitz already IS a great dad..and to basically the cutest child in the world...look at that smile!! aww

Daniel Taylor said...

I can't stop kissing "Fitz"!

Ally said...

Look at me and my bad self..

I have a blog!

If you don't come look and comment..I'll have no choice but to flog you.

Ford & Alyson said...

Small world... I think a friend of yours (Cory) is about to be our Preacher Man. I grew up about 30 miles from Cape and graduated from SEMO.

Later,,,fm

Ginger said...

MIKE!

This is Ginger (Bishop) Dempsey! I was just reading Nolan's blog and saw yours listed as one of his favorites, so I thought I'd see what you and Marcy are up to. CONGRATULATIONS on Colin! He's a heartbreaker. We actually had our little girl, Molly Paige, on April 7th! So close! She was born on our 5-year anniversary.

Hope y'all are well. It looks like you've been pretty busy this summer. Say hello to Marcy for me.

Ginger