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How Can I Learn from My Dad?

A Dad’s Example

by T.L. Wiens

My dad was an emotional man. In the Mennonite community, this is not good. Years of ridicule from family and friends pushed him into a very private place with his prayer life. I never saw my dad pray and he wouldn’t read the Bible aloud in public. He left that to my mom while he sat in a corner hiding his tears.

Then my dad had a heart attack. We didn’t think he’d make it but he pulled through. When he got home, his entire world revolved around his love for Jesus. I remember approaching him and asking if we could pray together. For the first time, he said yes.

Dad and I prayed through the tears that day. The ridicule endured over a man’s role in the Mennonite tradition no longer mattered.

My dad and I prayed together often after that. I inherited his tearful petition style but I am so glad he freed me from feeling shame over it. I miss sharing a prayer with him but know he’s talking to Jesus face to face now.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.


In His Presence in Tears

by Mary Haskett

Come into His Presence in Tears

“…Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry” (Luke 7:11-13 NIV).

Reading this passage the other day brought a lump to my throat. I have read it many times before, but this day the compassion of our dear Saviour registered with me. “Don’t cry” He says, “When troubles hit you, I’m here. And if you do cry that’s okay too, because I understand.” Those two words, “Don’t cry,” carry so much meaning, and tell us how much He loves us and empathizes with all the ups and downs of life we face here on earth.

Every one of us, at some time or another, has gone into His presence in tears, or perhaps we’ve forgotten to go to Him and have agonized over situations—internalizing our grief. But still He’s there saying, “Don’t cry.”

May we always remember He’s waiting for us to come to Him. His compassion never changes. How privileged we are to be able to go directly to the source of all comfort and know with a certainty He is aware of all that concerns us.


Dear Lord, may we never forget your love and concern for each of us. We are eternally grateful that we can come into your presence through our tears. We offer praise  and thanks to you for this truth.

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Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.