Welcome Reader Friends and New Subscribers! For you today, David has a new Christian short story for Father’s Day titled, “A Father’s Heart.” Enjoy! (There is a link below for another Father’s Day short story.)
A Father’s Heart
by D.I. Telbat
Richard rose to his feet as his father entered the deli. The two shook hands like old friends.
“Happy Father’s Day, Dad.” Richard gestured to the chair across the table.
“If you’d ever settle down and start a family, I could wish you the same.” Jerry took his seat and studied the menu. “But you know I’d never turn down a good sandwich. Thanks for the invite, Son.”
“Well, it’s not entirely about you.” Richard looked down at his ice water, wondering how to break the news. “We . . . need to talk.”
“Ah, Rich. How bad is it?” Jerry closed his eyes for a few seconds and sighed when Richard didn’t answer right away. “Your mother and I tried to raise you the right way, God’s way. I don’t know. Maybe we got it all wrong with you. When you went to prison, our hearts broke. Then when you got out after all those years, we thought we could put it all behind us.”
“I know, Dad.” Richard felt the tears coming on. This wasn’t going the way he’d imagined. “You guys raised me right. I just had a bad heart. But that’s something God straightened out on the inside.”
“So, what’s your excuse now? You’re going to destroy your mother again?” Jerry shook his head. “Don’t even tell me what you’ve done. I don’t want to know. How could you do this on Father’s Day? I hope you’re at least turning yourself in this time—and not instigating another manhunt.”
Jerry stood and looked down at his son, but Richard remained seated.
“It’s not what you think, Dad.”
“Is that right? Tell me what’s different this time. I thought this was real, you living for Christ, even teaching others at the church. People were starting to look up to you. You fooled us all, huh?”
“No, Dad. It’s all been real. Will you please sit down?”
“I can’t. You have no idea how torn my heart is right now.”
“Dad, I’m joining COIL. I’m not in any trouble!”
Jerry blinked a couple times, then leaned over the table.
“What did you say? You’re not in trouble again?” Jerry put his hand on his chest. “You’re joining COIL?”
“I wanted you to be the first to know, since it’s Father’s Day and all.” Richard smiled up at his father. “All is well, Dad. This was supposed to be a Father’s Day gift worth remembering, not one to give you a heart attack. I’m joining the Commission of International Laborers, risking my life for Christ.”
Jerry sat back down but couldn’t stop smiling.
“So that COIL rep who talked at the church last month really hit home, huh?” He slapped the top of the table. “I thought you were going back to prison!”
“Not unless it’s in a foreign prison for smuggling Bibles, or preaching the Word, or saving persecuted Christians.”
“You’re ready for this? You’re sure? COIL doesn’t allow any slouches for Jesus.”
“I survived ten years in prison, Dad. I’m an ex-con who can’t find work. I can’t think of any other direction God is pointing me toward.”
“When do you leave?”
“I start a boot camp in Mexico next week. It’s the first phase of training.”
“Wow.” Jerry used a napkin to wipe his eyes. “My son is going to be a special agent for Christ. Even after my initial confusion, this is still the best Father’s Day gift. But you’re helping me tell your mother. Deal?”
“It’s a deal, Dad.”
The two laughed and enjoyed their lunch, possibly their last together. Then they prayed for God’s blessing and protection as they submitted to His will for their lives. It was a good Father’s Day.
Click here for a past short story for Father’s Day, “Automatic Postcard.”
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COMING UP: Join us again on WEDNESDAY for David Telbat’s reviews on two favorite books: The Soulwinner by C.H. Spurgeon, and Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson. And the following MONDAY, David has a fictional letter to COIL from a Nigerian believer.