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Brothers and Sisters, Meet My Dad

The son of a preacher man introduces us to his pastor-father

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
June 16, 2006

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Brothers and Sisters, Meet My Dad
 
There's a man I take pride introducing.
I'm told that we look quite alike.
And the reason is simple. We're family.
He taught me to ride my first bike.

Though I'm taller, I'm dwarfed by his stature.
I always will look up to him.
He's the source of sage wisdom and counsel.
He's my father, but also my friend.

I'm content to just stand in his shadow
while some seek the sunlight of fame.
I know that those rays can be toxic.
My father's approval's my aim.

Though he's eighty and battling cancer,
the glint in his eye signals hope.
After all, this Marine's a survivor.
And besides that, his faith helps him cope.

It's a faith I've seen modeled for decades
on the frontlines of daily routines.
He battles temptations to worry
no matter how stressful life seems.

It's a faith that he preached as a pastor
when my brother and I were both small.
I have witnessed his gifts in the pulpit.
He helped me discover God's call.

And so on this day just for fathers
it gives me much pleasure to say,
"Our preacher this morning's my hero.
May God's grace flow through him today."


The above poem was written by Greg as a creative way to introduce his father who is the guest preacher at Mercer Island Covenant  Church in suburban Seattle (where Greg is the senior pastor) on Fathers Day 2006.
 
 

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IdaLynn Wenhold from Naperville IL writes:
June 16, 2006
What an awesome way to honor not only your father, Greg, but all of our fathers. Your words ring true for all of us whose fathers have been our heroes on this earth. Your poetic words also glorify our Heavenly Father - for each of our earthly dads are truly Gifts from Him!

Claudia Gerwin from Illinois writes:
June 16, 2006
Greg: I'm in tears. Thank you for this poem, as it not only provides a gracious look at the past, but hope for those who are just now fathers of young men, who will some day look back at their beginnings.

Neil Taylor from Jesus People USA / Chicago writes:
June 17, 2006
Cool poem, Greg. What an incredible heritage to have a Dad like yours. May you and he have a blessed Father's Day, and may God's grace be with you both as you battle the cancer.

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