Looking Like Dad

By Joanna Krawczynski, Western Campus Coordinator

Photo credit: Josh Willink (Pexels.com)
Photo credit: Josh Willink (Pexels.com)

 

When I was maybe seven years old, someone had the audacity to tell me that I had my father’s features. My little princess heart immediately took offense – you mean I look like a boy?? As I seethed, my well-meaning relatives continued to coo over how much we’ve grown.

While I have not yet completely forgiven those adults, this gives me the opportunity to reflect on what it means to look like Dad – on a deeper level than simply remarking on the bend in my nose.

Recently, I rediscovered one of my favorite videos: a compilation of mind-blowing “Dad saves,” those moments when Dad defies even gravity to rescue a kid destined for disaster (or mild bruising at least).

Hilarious. And mildly frightening. There is also an irony in these “Dad saves” that I had never noticed before: in some cases, it is Dad who causes the danger in the first place. So, in these cases, rather than depicting “Dad saves,” these are Dad-mess-ups. Yet Dad is still regarded as a hero at the end of the day.

Mistakes do not have the final word in these stories.

Neither should they in ours. The video of “Dad saves” ultimately serves as a two-fold reminder for me this weekend: first, in spite of Dad’s mess-ups, he can turn around. Secondly, in spite of our mess-ups, Dad can still catch us.

I owe Dad for some amazing saves: the times Dad stayed up with a tearful me trying to study for my Math test; the times Dad got back into the passenger’s seat despite my repeated horrendous attempts at driving; the times Dad took us hiking so that we would get lost and learn to find our way; the times Dad held Mama tight to keep her heart from falling into pieces.

The courage of a man is often portrayed in popular culture as a reckless, exploitative exercise in brute strength for a man’s own interests. However, this Sunday we are celebrating something vastly different and far greater: the selfless, life-saving courage of a loving father.

Perhaps looking like Dad isn’t so bad after all.

From all of us at NCLN, rock on Dad! Happy Fathers’ Day!

Happy Father's Day!

Share Button

As you celebrate…

As you celebrate…

Here’s a playlist to keep you singing and dancing!

Complied by Joanna Krawczynski, Western Campus Coordinator

We’ve got so many reasons to celebrate: Christmas, the New Year, Kathleen and Jesse’s wedding…(T-2 days!) Here at NCLN, celebrations and dance parties always go hand in hand. Always.

To help you get your groove on, here are some sweet tunes that we will have on our playlists as we celebrate with our families and friends.

And – extra bonus! Each song carries a message that we hope you feel that you can be loud and proud about. Please note that while we enjoy these songs, they are still relatively new to us, so if a lyric lets you down, let us know.

It seems that there are only a few songs kicking around these days that have a positive message AND sound good, but we’ve learned that it just takes a little digging to find them. Trust us, and enjoy! All the best for 2016, from all of us at NCLN!

New Years - photo courtesy of pixabay.com

Love Life, John Mamann ft. Kika

This song has a happy tune, pairing well with a beach getaway and lots of friends. Plus it’s in both official languages, so if you’ve been wanting to learn, here’s your chance.

Beautiful, Mali Music

A slower song, sharing the story of a dancer who finally recognizes her true value and beauty, things which go beyond merely the physical.

Amazing Life, Britt Nicole

Super bouncy. This one is for those of us who enjoy techno or remixes!

The Nights, Avicii

Let’s admit it, the wisdom of our parents is worth remembering… and dancing to…

I Lived, One Republic

About living life with all that we’ve got, even when it hurts, but always worth it.

I Feel So Alive, Capital Kings

A pop-y song celebrating a fresh start, one you will easily be singing along to within the first thirty seconds.

This is Living, Hillsong Young & Free ft. Lecrae

Another pop-y sounding song, celebrating the Christian understanding of life in Christ.

Song for My Unborn Son, Sam Martin

If you need to chill out, listen to this. Every time I turn this on, the song gives me happy goosebumps (yes, that’s a thing).

Home, A Guy and A Girl

This song is by our very own Kathleen and her soon-to-be-husband –  keep them in your prayers as you enjoy their sweet song!

P.S. Have your own favorites? Send ‘em over! As the saying goes, sharing is caring…

Share Button