You may or may not know this about me, but I am the oldest of three girls. I love my little sisters deeply—they have grown into some of the coolest young women I know; they are my best friends. This being said, in one area of my life, they are my archenemies. You see, growing up in the Ebling household (let’s be honest, even now) there was an ongoing competition to be dad’s favorite. We even have a label for this oh-so-important standing: the “FC” (Favorite Child). Now most of the parents out there know that my dad isn’t doling out this award, he always says “I love you all the same.” This doesn’t stop us from coming up with reasons as for why we are certain, secretly we are his favorite. For example, when you mow the lawn, you get five points. When you get married, you lose 50 points. You get the idea…
It seems silly that we joke about this now that we are young adults but my sisters and I have always just though my dad is the coolest. He has demonstrated so well how to live with integrity, how to walk humbly, how to be a loyal human being and how to love your neighbor as you love yourself. When we were little, my sisters and I craved spending time with him. We observed the quiet but strong example of faith he set each week when he took us to get donuts that we gobbled up when counted trains at the railroad tracks, when we went fishing at the creek with him in the summertime, when we had daddy/daughter movie days and when he whipped up cream cheese and peanut butter crackers, with a side of Mac N’ Cheese and hotdogs for us.
There are special people in our life we feel we just can’t learn enough from. I mean my sisters and I begged for my dad to teach how to mow the lawn!?!?! Being assigned this chore for the first time was the crowning glory! As you all read this, my respect for my dad might remind you of your relationship with your own father, a father figure, a dear friend, a special family member or perhaps your mom.
In thinking about the way we crave the time of such people in our lives, I was convicted. Listen to Psalms 25:4-5:
4 Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Do we take enough time to sit at the feet of Jesus to listen and learn his ways? May God transforms us into people who are zealous for God and by extension, prayer. Amen.
-Rev. Katherine Ebling-Frazier