Dad, Help!

When I was a little boy we lived in a house by a river. The only way to reach our home from the road was to walk across a rickety, old, swinging bridge. It made for a long trip unloading the groceries from the car. Once when I was six years old I decided to help my Dad and big brothers carry the things in from the store. As soon as my brothers started across the bridge with their bags I quickly grabbed a big bag full of canned goods and left the bag of bread for my Dad. My Dad smiled and asked if I needed help. "I can do it myself!," I said determinedly.

About half way across the swaying bridge, however, the sack began to feel heavier and heavier. I took a few more steps, staggered, and yelled "Dad, Help!" Quickly my Dad steadied me and switched my bag of cans with his bag of bread. Then together we walked happily the rest of the way into our home.

Most of us go through life determinedly saying, "I can do it myself!" There always comes a time, though, when life gives us too much to carry. There comes a time when we all start to stagger and fall. Wouldn’t it be better if before then we wisely asked our Heavenly Father for His help? It would be a lot safer, a lot easier and we would be a lot happier too.

Don’t wait until you are about to fall off the bridge of life before you ask God to help you. Do so this morning, today, right now. Ask God to help you with your problems, struggles, and difficulties. Ask your Heavenly Father to help you to do your work and live your life the best you can. Ask the Dad of us all to help you to do His will and share His love. Life doesn’t have to rest on your shoulders alone. Our loving Father is always ready to help you carry your bags. His hand is there to steady you. His smile is there to shine on you. And His love is there to uplift you. All you have to do is ask.

~ Joseph J. Mazzella ~

[ by: Joseph J. Mazzella Copyright © 2010 ( -- submitted by: Joseph Mazzella ]

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