A life of adventure and love

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Today, I'm linking up with Kate Motaung's Five Minute Friday. The rules: Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

This week's prompt: Share. 

Christmas Shopping With Dad 2015

As I stood in the bathroom doing my hair, I heard my dad telling my daughter a story.

At first I thought he was reading her a book. Soon, it became clear he was making up a story.

I didn't hear it all, only bits and pieces.

Something about a girl traveling on an airplane, I think to Europe. There were lengthy descriptions of things she saw outside her plane window.

Later there was mention of a boyfriend and true love.

I listened, envious of a grandfather willing to create stories for his granddaughter, uninhibited by the need for perfection or by concern over what she (or others who heard them) might think – two things that often prevent me from creating impromptu stories or songs, even around my 9-month old daughter.

I listened intently, suspecting we were walking on holy ground. For within this story, I think my dad was sharing his heart with his granddaughter, telling her things he might never say outside the context of a made-up, fictional story. Embedded within this story was, I think, his deepest desire for her: A life of adventure and love.

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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