We never know what one kind word can do for another person. It almost always is not a planned word.  Rather, the best ones often come on the spur of the moment. Check what this word meant to this lad.

Fr. Orthohippo

A seminary professor was vacationing with  his wife in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to
enjoy a quiet,  family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they
noticed  a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table  to
table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and  whispered to
his wife, ‘I hope he doesn’t come over here.’ But  sure enough, the man did
come over to their table.’Where  are you folks from?’ he asked in a friendly  voice. ‘Oklahoma,’ they answered.’ Great to have you  here in Tennessee,’ the stranger said… ‘What do you do for a living?’ ‘I teach at a seminary,’ he replied.‘Oh, so  you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I’ve got a  really
great story for you.’ And with that, the gentleman pulled  up a chair and sat
down at the table with the couple.The  professor groaned and thought to himself, ‘Great.. Just what  I need…. Another preacher story!’
The man started, ‘See that mountain over  there? (Pointing out the restaurant
window). Not far from the  base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an
unwed mother.  He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went,  he
was always asked the same question, ‘Hey boy, who’s your  daddy?’ Whether he
was at school, in the grocery store or drug  store, people would ask the same
question, ‘Who’s your  daddy? He would hide at recess and lunch time from other  students. He would avoid going into stores because that  question hurt him so bad.
When he was about 12 years old, a new  preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, ‘Who’s your  daddy?’

But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so  fast that he got
caught and had to walk out with the  crowd.

Just about the time he got to the back door, the new  preacher, not knowing
anything about him, put his hand on his  shoulder and asked him, ‘Son, who’s
your daddy?’

The whole  church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the  church
looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer  to the question,
‘Who’s your daddy?’

This new preacher,  though, sensed the situation around him and using
discernment  that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to  that
scared little boy.. ‘Wait a minute! I know who you are! I  see the family
resemblance now, You are a child of  God.’

With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said,  ‘Boy, you’ve got a
Great inheritance.. Go and claim  it.’

‘With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long  time and walked out
The door a changed person. He was never the  same again. Whenever anybody
Asked him, ‘Who’s your Daddy?’ he’d  just tell them, ‘I’m a Child of God..”

The distinguished  gentleman got up from the table and said, ‘Isn’t that a
great  story?’

The professor responded that it really was a great  story!

As the man turned to leave, he said, ‘You know, if  that new preacher hadn’t
told me that I was one of God’s  children, I probably never would have
amounted to anything!’ And  he walked away..

The seminary professor and his wife were  stunned. He called the waitress
over and asked her, ‘Do you know  who that man was — the one who just left
that was sitting at our  table?’

The waitress grinned and said, ‘Of course. Everybody  here knows him.

That’s Ben Hooper. He’s governor of Tennessee  !’

Someone in your life today needs a reminder that they’re  one of God’s

‘The grass withers and the flowers  fall, but the word of God stands
Forever.’ ~~Isaiah



Keep this going. You have no idea which  one of Your e-mail buddies could
Use a little hope  today.  This story is a mix of fact and myth.  Ben Cooper was indeed born out of wedlock, and later became the governor of Tennessee.  This preacher story was not mentioned in his own writings.  It could have happened, yet is not documented. 

Almost certainly, dramatic embellishments have crept into the telling. The moral of the story stands regardless.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his  only son, that whoever
Believed in him would not perish, but have  everlasting life.

About Fr. Orthohippo

The blog of a retired Anglican priest (MSJ), his musings, journey, humor, wonderment, and comments on today's scene.
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  1. Steve Culbert says:

    Ah, this was a really sweet story, and gives us a new perspective of us all being a child of God. Sometimes we take that for granted.

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