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The Absence Of A Father
From the book
entitle "The Power Of The Levitical Blessing" by Frank Francis.
Almost everywhere I speak,
I’m asked the same question regarding
the Levitical Blessing. “Frank, what if I never had a father
to bless me?” Or, “My parents would never do anything
like this. Do I have to miss out on God’s blessings on my life?”
In The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus opened up to us valuable insight
with the first two words of the prayer, “Our Father…” God
is fair and just and He would never deprive anyone of His best when
the elements are beyond our control. Keep in mind; you are NEVER
without a father. Jesus forever identifies God as the Father of us
all. In the absence of an earthly father, simply look one level higher.
God the “Father” is waiting and willing to bestow His
greatest blessings on you, and many times, He does this by proxy,
that is, through another human being. The following true story is
a beautiful illustration of how God blesses us
in the absence of an earthly father:
Fred Craddock, a seminary professor was vacationing
with his wife in Gatlinburg, TN. One night they found a quiet little
restaurant where they looked forward to a private meal—just
the two of them. While they were waiting for their meal they noticed
a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to
table, visiting guests. Craddock whispered to his wife,
“I hope he doesn’t come over here.” He didn’t want
the man to intrude on their privacy. 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.
“Oklahoma is a splendid state, I hear, although
I’ve never been there. What do you do for a living?”
“I teach homiletics at the graduate seminary of Phillips University,” he
“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 Craddock and his
wife. Craddock groaned inwardly and thought to himself, “Great!
Just what I need…another preacher story!”
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 lunchtime 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 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
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!’ he said, ‘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.’ 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!
That was the most important single sentence ever spoken to me.” and
he walked away.
Craddock and his wife were stunned. He called the
waitress over and asked her, “The man who was sitting at our
table and just left, do you know who he was?”
grinned and said, “Of course.
Everybody here knows him. That’s Ben Hooper. He’s the
former governor of Tennessee!”
Do you see what happened? The preacher, standing
in proxy for God, pronounced a “Levitical Blessing” on young Ben Hooper.
With his hand on Ben’s shoulder, he blessed him with IDENTITY!
He announced that Ben had an inheritance and instructed him to go
and claim it and to continue to announce his identity to anyone who
asked the question, “Boy, who’s your daddy.” And
all of this was done in PUBLIC for everyone to witness! This single
act changed his destiny forever — and Ben Hooper acknowledged
it freely throughout his life.
While researching the life of Ben Hooper for this book, I made a
fascinating discovery. In my home city, Houston, Texas, there is
a small, and quite prosperous, incorporated town near Rice University,
just west of downtown, which is appropriately named West University.
It has approximately 13,000 residents located on 1,248 residential
acres with close to 20 acres of commercial property. Upper middleclass
professionals occupy this tiny town, which maintains a high premium
for homes in its area.
I always wondered why West University had been
positioned in the heart of a major city. The answer came as quite
a surprise. None other than former Tennessee Governor Ben Hooper
developed the city of West University in 1917. It incorporated
in 1925 due to the reluctance by the city of Houston to extend
power lines “out that far”!
The Levitical Blessing that Ben Hooper received
as a boy was present throughout his entire life and extended into
all he touched. His life was one of empowering the outcasts…turning
negative situations into positive blessings, and that is how West
University came to be. What was once rejected by society, much
like Ben Hooper himself, is now a precious gem in the heart of
Houston, Texas. It is a living monument and testimony to the fact
that God can bless an illegitimate boy with a very legitimate inheritance.
So, in answer to the question at the beginning of this chapter;
if this world deprives you a an earthly father, God will personally
take on the responsibility of a father for you, and He will more
than willingly lay His hand on you and bless you. He does this because
He loves YOU! Standing in the absence of your father is the King
of the Universe Himself.
© 2004 Frank
Francis and New Franklin Press