Bedtime Snack with Dad

When I was a teenager the lights were out by 10 PM.  Often around 10:30 or 11, while studying in my room or reading in bed, I’d see the reflection of the kitchen light go on. I’d hear the refrigerator door.  I knew Daddy was having a bedtime snack.

I would creep down the hall and join him at the kitchen table.  The Italian in him would bring out the wine, a loaf of bread, his own Italian-cured olives, stinky cheese and salami. He’d slice me a piece of bread and salami, hand me the jar of olives and we’d munch together talking about the day.

When I married and moved away, it didn’t change.  I’d come home for a visit and when I’d hear refrigerator activity late at night, I’d get up.

Now I’m a grandma. I’m not one to snack on salami and cheese. I prefer fruit. The grandpa of this house is disciplined and doesn’t eat after supper.  So I take my bedtime snack with the Lord.  I’ll open my Bible in the kitchen and perhaps pray through a Psalm or meditate on Ephesians.  You might say I still have a bedtime snack with Dad—that is, my Abba Father!

  •  Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord   your God is giving you.    Exodus 20:12
  • Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”   Galatians 4:6
  • SONG: I LOVE THE LORDBy Kathleen


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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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12 Responses to Bedtime Snack with Dad

  1. Jenna says:

    What a sweet post. I love those little relationship building moments that speak into hearts, letting a person know how valuable he is. I’ve been encouraged lately to take more of them with my little kids instead of moving from one thing to the next so quickly.

    “The most serious sign of hurry sickness is a diminished capacity to love. Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is one thing hurried people don’t have.” –John Ortberg

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you, Jenna! I’m glad you’re taking more special moments with your kids these days. You’ll never regret it. Thanks also for John Ortberg’s quote. Great wisdom in it!

  2. Liana says:

    What beautiful, comforting memories of your dad you have which have blossomed into precious dining with your heavenly Father.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you, Liana. They are treasured memories. I thank God for a statement my dad made to me while he was very sick: “I thank God for your faith in Christ.” Knowing his great faith in our Savior reassures me of his presence today with the King of Glory.

  3. Yelena says:

    That’s so cute! And sometimes you get unexpected guests (me) at night. Lol you’re a great person to talk to! 🙂

  4. David says:

    Very good Kathleen, I still prefer salami

  5. Naomi Knox says:

    Kathleen, thank you. Love you, dear sister! I love the consistency of Jesus within us, too. Where would we be without His Constance & Wisdom in all Situations! God Bless Your Ministry. ♡

    In His Love & Constance,
    Naomi Knox

  6. Frank King says:

    Nice. Your dad started a tradition that you have continued but on another level. What better way is there to end the day than with God?

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