Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday's Thought - Father's Day

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 I always look forward to the warm spring, and occasionally hot, weather which leads up to Father's Day and then the summer every year. For me, it is a time of mixed emotions. I am happy and excited for the winter weather to be gone and the time I spend outside whether in the garden or walking my dog, yet, I am a bit sad as "Father's Day" approaches and my father went to heaven a few years ago.

I didn't inherit my outdoors and gardening skills for my father, though he taught me about lawn maintenance and curb appeal and he was always willing to help me with outdoor work like installing birdhouses on cemented posts, repairing the fence, it was his forte.

However, he taught me to love music and all of its greatness. He often said that  "Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture" playing when I decided it was time to enter the world.  Later he would share music of the Classical Greats like Mozart, Back, Beethoven and Haydn. When I was growing up, he always had some type of music playing around the house.  He loved to listen to the easy listening elevator music, classical music, Southern Gospel, and hymns on albums, cassettes and later CD's.

Dad received a Music Education Degree from Trevecca Nazarene College and used his skills to write many songs, some of which were published, lead choirs, lead congregational singing and sing solos. Whenever something "big" was coming up, like a solo, he would practice for weeks ahead of time. When I grew up and moved away, he would always invite me to hear him sing in the Christmas or Easter Cantatas.

My father was the son of a Nazarene Pastor. He was brought up in a Christian home so he taught these values to me.  These were the greatest gifts my father ever gave me.  We went to church, we prayed together as a family, and read the Bible.  He never waivered in his faith regardless of the situation or what was going on in the world or even the church he attended. Most of all, he wanted to be sure I would make it to heaven when I died so he shared God's Plan of Salvation with me.  As a result, I became a Christian and followed Christ.

One thing I noticed about my Dad over the years, he was always laid back and never let anything bother him. He had a calm spirit which I learned later in life that it had quite a bit to do with his Christian faith.

I am thankful for God's blessing me with a father who loved me enough to share God's Good News with me.

Want to learn more about God's Plan of Salvation?  Please visit "Begin Your Journey to Peace".

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