This is my first attempt at writing a story. I’m not sure it belongs here, and I apologize for any deficiencies. Please be merciful.
A father stood by his young daughter’s bed. She was clearly tired from a busy day, but because her Dad was with her– that at the moment mattered most. “Dad, tell me a story… please?”
“I’m sorry dear heart, I can’t” he said sadly. “I must travel to Chicago, and then to St. Louis. I’m afraid I’ll be gone for three days. The girl responded, “But Daddy, you’re my best friend. You can’t leave.”
“Honey, if you are good and brave, I will bring you home a special present.” She looked up at him. “A ring?” “Yes, darling. A beautiful ring. Now go to sleep and have sweet dreams, good night. I love you so much.”
When the father returns he finds her at the door, eagerly waiting him. She runs and hugs him, wrapping her arms around his neck. “Oh papa, you are really home!” Setting down his suitcase, the Father reaches into his breast pocket. “Here you go, dear one. One special ring!” It was silver with a small garnet stone, and it was so beautiful. And it sparkled.
Sometime later the father had to make another trip, this time to Akron. “Oh father, please don’t go again. Tell me another story.” (For the father was very good at telling such interesting tales of rabbits and ponies and storms and such.) “Please, stay!” the girl begged.
“Honey, if you’re good and brave, I will bring you home a special present.” The child grew quiet for a few seconds. “Papa… maybe a dress? A blue one, with lace and puffy sleeves?” Yes love-heart,” he said, “with puffy sleeves. Now you need to go to sleep, dear.”
The trip to Akron was terribly uneventful, but he did stop by a J.C. Penny to buy a little blue dress. Arriving home he found his daughter waiting for him. Setting down his bags, he received so many kisses he wondered if he wasn’t the luckiest man alive.
“And here, young lady, is the dress I promised.” Out of the box, and with lots of ‘ooohs and aahs.’ She lifted it out and modeled it under her chin. It was blue and had puffy sleeves. It was wonderful. (She would wear that dress until it was worn out.)
One day the daughter grew quiet and still. “Father, I don’t want the ring. I don’t want the dress. I don’t want them anymore. I really want you!”
The father smiled, with tears in his eyes, “Dear heart, I love you so much.”
The Father awaits you to come to this point, when you stop seeking His blessings and start to seek His face.
- A Father’s place (thelivingmessage.com)
- Dads Do Diapers And More, Myth-Busting Survey Says (atlanta.cbslocal.com)
- My Father is the My Best Friend, My Hero, My Idol – Rahul Prajapati (anmolprajapati.wordpress.com)
- Daughter reunited with family in St. Louis after nearly a decade (stltoday.com)
5 thoughts on “Gifts are Nice, But There is Something Better”
“Nice, very nice!”
“The Father awaits you to come to this point, when you stop seeking His blessings and start to seek His face.” – Ahhhh, the secret to his heart…abiding with him! Love this reminder – it is not His blessings I love… but HIM. Keep writing your stories!!! Can hardly wait to read more :)
that’s beautiful, my heavenly Father’s heart does not change, thank you for the reminder x
I LOVED this story and the message behind it! And needed to hear it, too. Thank you, Pastor B . ..write on!
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