TWO DADS: ONLY GOD COULD PULL THIS OFF!
by Dave Kachele
“Hello? This is David.”
Mom was smart to share only positive things about my father. He’d left her, pregnant with my sister, when I was about two. One of the first decisions I made after coming to know Jesus was to find him.
“Well David, how are ya? Bla, bla, bla…. pause”
“This is your son, David.”
In a very different voice I heard, “Well, David, how are you?”
We met face to face not long after the phone conversation. Joshua Frank Livengood and I lost contact again. In the 90s, a parent of one of the students in my school, a missing persons investigator, offered to find him and did. This time we stayed in contact.
There was one burning question in my mind. No, it wasn’t, “Where were you?” You can guess the question by his reply. Dad looked me right in the eye and said, “The Bible says, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.’ And David, that’s what I believe!” That was good enough for me!
“Get down to that school and change that kid’s name!” he bellowed.
I was about 7 ½ when William Stephen Kachele entered our lives. He was angry that Mom was getting school mail addressed to Mrs. Livengood. He stayed angry. He was angry all the time. He was loud and scary. He never physically hurt us until one day, in a rage, accidentally hurt Mom. I was about 14. I wanted to kill him. But when I got saved at age 26, my feelings changed. I began praying for him to get saved.
Dad had always abused alcohol, but when he started cutting cocaine at home, Mom got scared. After 30 years, with faithfulness to him and to Christ, she divorced him. Dad was 60. He went to live with a cousin of his who had come to know Jesus. Shortly afterwards, he got saved. We connected, really connected, for the first time. Later, still struggling with his flesh, Dad told me, “David, when I walked down that aisle, I felt the Spirit of Christ enter me, and nothing can ever change that!” He asked me (Me!) to baptize him.
I was fully reconciled to both of them. My DadS are in heaven now! That’s one reason that I wake up every day grateful, thinking,
“ONLY GOD COULD PULL THIS OFF!”
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY GENTLEMEN!
YOU LADIES AND KIDS, YOU HAVE A BLESSED DAY TOO!