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Alain Auderset

Play with him!

- ‘My kids and I used to make dens in their bedrooms with sheets and things. We made up this whole new world, full of adventures… ‘

APPOINTMENT WITH GOD AUTOR 11/Alain_Auderset TRADUCTOR Nicky Seadon 03 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2017 18:00 h

A few years ago, at the end of a talk I was giving in France, a man came along and asked me a question:

- ‘My son doesn’t want to come to church with me, he spends all his time with his #*@#! computer games. I’ve tried reasoning with him again and again: it’s like talking to a brick wall! What should I do?!’

I looked into his soul and replied:

- ‘Join in play with him!’ 

As he was left open-mouthed by my comment, I went on:

- ‘How do you expect him to be interested in you (and your church), if you don’t take an interest in what he does?’

Pensive (and a little disappointed) he went on his way.

(I expect he would have preferred it had I exorcised an evil spirit from his son’s computer games…)


Your sons will return

Another time, at the end of a talk (everyone will think that I only do the ends of talks!) I was giving an elderly man a lift back to his house.

When I had fastened the seatbelt and switched the engine on, the Bible CD in the player came on automatically, too.

It was the passage where Jacob, now very old, talks to his son Joseph, whom he’d given up for dead for so many years (Gen 48:11):

- ‘I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too!’ 

And promptly, I don’t really know why, I told him:

- ‘This is a message for you…’

Lost in thought, after a while, the old man said:

- ‘My kids and I used to make dens in their bedrooms with sheets and things. We made up this whole new world, full of adventures… ‘

- ‘That’s great! I replied, you must have had loads of fun together… 

- ‘No, he said, bitterly, because instead of playing with them, I told them off and told them to tidy their bedroom… (pause)… You know, my children no longer want anything to do with our faith…

All was quiet for a while… Then I broke the silence:

- ‘It’s not too late to tell them you’re sorry…’

I would have liked to have finished with ‘and they lived happily ever after’ (well… something along those lines). But I don’t know if they did…

All I know is that: I’m going to go and play with my kid…




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