Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Father's Gift to His Girl



A while back I left teaching after nineteen years in the classroom. An artist friend, the late great Rick Faust, drew my caricature (notice my gap between my front teeth :0)), including the tears I often shed, on a going away card. (At the bottom of the card it says "To the teacher whose tears are as big as Texas.")

Yep, I cry. I was thinking about my penchant for spillage the other day and I remembered my Pop, Walker Floyd, crying. He teared up at the end of certain movies. Said he had a sentimental heart. I’m married to a man like him in that way. John cries at almost anything moving and patriotic. I cry at anything that has soft moving music in the background. Um...yes. I'm glad elevator rides are brief. :0)

But the moment I remembered was not of my dad crying at the end of a movie. In fact, we were in church. Daddy didn’t go to church often, but we were visiting my older brother Perry and he was preaching so Dad went. I noticed him crying during the service and assumed he felt guilty about something or another.

Afterward I asked him, “Daddy why were you crying in church?”

His reply: “Well, Rob, when you are in the presence of the Spirit, what else can you do?”

I love that memory of him. Tears were a natural part of my Pop’s worship. My tear ducts are a heritage from him. People worship by sitting quietly, dancing, standing, raising hands, closing their eyes, clapping their hands or not. Why not tears?

Thank you, Pop!

3 comments:

Ralph said...

WOW!!!! That is so inspiring. I'll remember that the next time I have to stop speaking.

denise said...

It seems that I am not a crier, one reason being it wasn't modeled I my home. But when I do cry, it's at sad movies and when the Spirit tells me He loves me. You are blessed to have such a positive example of emotional praise from your father.

dianne in colorado said...

Great post, Robbie! I am generally not a crier, except in church. I was a wreck during the Easter service last week!

I think your Dad was right that there is no one better to cry with than the Holy Spirit!