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August 23, 2013

Verna Davis: Strengthen foundation connections

My father was born in Toad Hop, Indiana.

For anyone living in the Wabash Valley area, you know where Toad Hop is -- on Darwin Road between U.S. 40 and I-70. For Madison County readers, you are just going to have to take my word for it -- Toad Hop is a real place, probably named in honor of the toads who hopped their way from the spring flood waters of Sugar Creek and the Wabash River.

One day, not long after my father passed away, I was driving through Toad Hop on my way to the mall. When I came to the four-way stop at the bottom of Larimer Hill, on an impulse, I turned toward the place my father said his boyhood home had once stood. Dad had once said the foundation of his parents’ house could still be seen amid the wild blackberry bushes that were threatening to take over the place.

I stood in the middle of the dirt road and sure enough, I could see a lone gray stone sticking out of the briars and brambles. Seeing that piece of foundation somehow gave me a bigger picture of my father’s life. I could imagine him and his sisters playing in the yard. Dad, always one for a practical joke, might have grabbed a few Toad Hop toads and threw them at his sisters. Or maybe he captured a garter snake and chased his sisters with it just to see how loudly they would scream. I know he never forgot his humble beginnings, and I felt connected to Dad while standing in the middle of that dirt road in Toad Hop.

The Old Testament can help us build a better picture of Jesus, giving us a stronger connection with Him. The Old Testament is the Bible Jesus read, the Scriptures He heard the rabbis read, the verses He memorized.

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