Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Daddy God

My earthly daddy was a preacher. My Heavenly Father is the Maker and Redeemer of the world. What did my daddy here on earth teach me in life that will help me to understand my Daddy God?
It is Father’s Day and we give thanks for fathers. Many fathers are great examples of the Heavenly Father’s love while some are not. My daddy relayed and displayed glimpses of God’s love and for that I give thanks. Some people haven’t had an earthly example of God’s love, but we all have been given a Savior who is Christ the Lord and His revelation can be found in the Word of God. Praise to our Heavenly Father!
It’s Sunday morning and if I close my eyes and go back in time, I can hear Dad rehearsing his sermon in the dining room. That recurrent Sunday morning sound reverberated through the kitchen door of my childhood home while we ate breakfast. After everyone was dressed and ready, we headed out the door and walked to church (it was right next door; I grew up playing on the church grounds and the parking lot).
We first attended Sunday School. Afterwards we put on our robes and joined the choir as the church service began. My three sisters and I were always warned by Daddy not to talk during the service or the sermon; the promise of him stepping out of the pulpit and taking us outside laid before us. Once we were home and enjoying Sunday dinner, Daddy raised questions concerning the sermon. Ah - those were the days - Sunday inquisitions! Sometimes I passed and sometimes I didn’t (probably because I was daydreaming - sorry Dad). My dad might not have always been happy with the results of his quizzes, but he pursued in his example of being committed to the Word of God. 
Dad opened the Word of God to us, not only on Sundays, but nearly every morning of the week. As we finished breakfast, Daddy read daily devotions and prayed. The school bus usually tooted its horn as we tried to rush Daddy to say “Amen.” It might have seemed as if we weren’t paying attention or even interested in morning devotions, but an example of allegiance to our Lord was being established in our hearts. 
Loving discipline was regularly enforced in our home. Loyal devotion as husband and father was consistently displayed in our home. My dad, together with my mom, exhibited and expressed love that exemplified our Heavenly Father’s love. We didn’t grow up in perfection, but we were taught love and faithfulness. Thank you, Dad and Mom!
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.  Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV)
I know my daddy loved the Lord and I believe his desire was to obey that Scripture from Deuteronomy. It’s been seven years since he left this earth to live with His Heavenly Father, but his legacy lives on in our family. If he were here today, he would be so proud to hear his great-granddaughter singing songs about Jesus! Thank you, Daddy, for teaching us about our Heavenly Father’s love! To God be the glory!
Happy Father’s Day to all!

1 comment:

  1. Your daddy was a strong influence on many and he taught us how great our Heavenly Father was each day. We were just talking about confirmation classes with P.D. were really awesome....even though he made us memorize lots!!!!