Saturday, September 29, 2007

A Message From My Daddy

I'm preparing to leave today to visit the country of Tchad. It seems I need to do a million thngs but right now I want to stop and leave just a short note here. We have just come through the International Council meeting of three days, followed immediately by two days with my Area Field Director's Council. One day early this week I reached home about 6:00pm thoroughly wrung out. You know? Tired. Exhausted. Spent emotionally and physically. I had made some small offerings in these meetings with the hopes of it being a blessing but it did not seem well-received. "This is too ambiguous." "This needs to be refined." "Let's send this back to the World Missions Board for some work." And "Do we really need to be meeting here and talking about such items as this?" So as you can imagine, my brow was furrowed and my spirit was low. I needed a "picker upper". Ahhh, I thought. I need a coke. But alas, when I opened the fridge door there was no sign of soda water.

So Off to the grocery store I went. Just inside the entrance to the store a young lady with two small chidren approached me..."Is your name Brannen?" she asked. "Yes, it is!" "Well," she responded, "I want to tell you something your Daddy used to say to me. When I was a young girl I was very timid and always walked with my head down. I remember going into the church hall where my Dad was pastor and your Dad was on the staff. As I walked into the building with my head down, your Dad saw me coming from the other end of the hall. He arose from his chair and met me in the middle of the hallway. He would bow his head and walk towards me till our heads almost touched and when I stopped he would say, "Melissa, hold up your head! You have nothing to hang your head about!!!" (This was the daughter of John and Gloria Colbaugh who I would not have known at all if she had not told me.)

When I got back home I told Frances, "I've just had a message from my Daddy and from my Heavenly Father!


Lowell Brannen said...

That was along about the time when I was 40 years old, not pastoring and attending the Monroe COG. I think it's amazing that you ran into Melissa at such a time as you did. Hope your trip to Chad (or is it Tchad?) is more fulfilling than the meeting you just had.

Tabitha said...

Thank you for sharing this with me. I love you! & neither of us have anything to hang our heads about, we are children of THE KING!
I love you, Dad!!!!

toothsleuth said...

Reading that post sent a chill down my spine. I can just hear Gepa saying those words now! Isn't God good? He knows just what we need right when we need it!

fred said...

Lowell, I'm told that if you are French - it's Tchad. If you are American - it's Chad. Really, I'm not just putting you on. That's all I know.

Travelin' On said...

I loved this story! Thanks for sharing this Fred. I didn't know Melissa lived around here. I like you, wouldn't recognize her. I'm sure she knew you were "a Brannen" since you look so much like Daddy these days. :)
Did you read my post that says "Death, Ongoing Companionship"? I think you did and commented but anyways, Yes isn't it nice that our daddy can still be remembered fondly and even speak to us? That is so powerful.
By the way, I'm noticing that you have quite a fan club in your kids too! That is another good reason to hold you head up I'd say! WOW!
I love ya brother!

Travelin' On said...

And ya know what else? I love that you titled this "A Message from My Daddy". I like that you didn't say, My Father, My Dad, My Poppa, whatever.....I most always think of him as "Daddy" and I think that suits him too. :)
It is just nice to see that in writing. I don't know why it struck me this way but it just felt really nice to read it.

Favorite One said...

Now that I've wiped my tears & Chloe thinks something's wrong.... THANKS for sharing! Communication is a funny thing. I have often thought I had carefully thought out & prepared a presentation - just to find out others didn't receive it like I intended them to. I love the fact that God allowed Melissa to share something Gepa had said to her - to remind us to "hold our heads up". This also reminds me of a song by Sharon Kay King (female vocalist of the year for southern gospel music) - it's entitled "Chin Up". I love you Daddy & miss you already. Do-
nice IS right - I AM PROUD of you! Luv you!

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I am Fred Alton Brannen, the son of Louis A. Brannen (deceased) and Bonnie Jones Brannen, Louis was an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God. Bonnie is an Ordained Licensed Minister and at 89 years of age is still actively engaged in speaking and singing engagements. I am married to the former Frances Hildreth. We celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June and we are the parents of 3, grand-parents of 10, and great-grandparents of 10. I pastored in Tennessee for 24 years and served the Church in some capacity in missions for over 23 years. I retired from full-time ministry in August of 2008 but remain active, speaking and singing and teaching whenever opportunity affords itself. In January of 2010 I received a letter of commendation for having been credentialed as a minister in the Church of God for 50 years! My family is very important to me. Our get togethers are always noisy affairs and most times will include family sing-alongs. The children love their Mom's cooking so we have the privilege of seeing them regularly! WE LOVE having them over.

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