Summary: Here’s a sermon that uses the true story of Derek Redmond to illustrtate the major points.
"A FATHER’S LOVE!"
 A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance. O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
 For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore.
 There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin.
 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.
 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.
 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.
 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
 They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.
 But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.
 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.
 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.
 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.
 Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.
 Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.
On this Fathers Day, I’d like to tell you a story
about a father and his son.
An incredible event took place August 3, 1992
at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
A runner from England, Derek Redmond,
wanted to win a gold medal in the 400-meter race.
Derek had trained hard and faithfully for 4 years.
Well, the day for the 400-meter race arrived.
There were 64 runners representing different countries
entered in the race.
That meant there would be 8 qualifying runs...
and the winners of those 8 races
would compete in the Final Race for the Gold Medal.
Derek drew lane 3 in his qualifying heat.
The starting gun sounded
and he got off to a good start.
At the half-way point...200-meters...Derek was running 2nd.
He took the lead at the 300-meters mark
and he began to pull away from the rest of the runners.
Derek rounded the turn into the backstretch.
Suddenly, Derek felt a sharp pain go up the back of his leg.
He ran for a few steps…and then he began to stumble.
His father, Jim Redmond, watching from the stands...
knew right away what was happening to his son.