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Father’s Day 2019

Proverbs 1:8

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

My DadI wrote this devotional thought back in 2013. I read it and think it still touches my heart and I hope it touches your heart as well.

This will be a tough Father’s Day for me (June 2013). My father and mentor passed last fall (2012) and it is the first year without him. I have often told folks that the first year – the first holidays – without your loved one will be the toughest. We already experienced some of that when we went to Moorefield for our annual family vacation – without dad.

Recently I viewed my father’s funeral for the first time since the actual funeral. The grieving process is still ongoing – I have not arrived on the other side of grief yet. It may be a long process. Everyone grieves at a different pace and in different ways.

As Father’s Day arrives Sunday – things I will always try to remember are the lessons my father taught me. Centering on Fathers for a moment – today’s passage says – Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction…

DadI hear my dad’s voice and his instructions in much of life. Not only was I named after him – not only was I his oldest son – not only have I followed in his footsteps professionally – but I look like him too! As I planted some cucumbers and tomatoes recently – I thought of my dad and his love for gardening. As I prepare for a sermon – I think of my dad and the many sermons he prepared. As I watch my children grow and my grandchildren as well – I think of my dad. As I play golf – I think of my dad. As I sit and type – I think of the early Sunday mornings I heard dad’s typewriter tapping away. When I look in the mirror – I see my dad (all the more as I age). When I simply live life each day – I hear my dad’s voice. I remember dad’s instructions and try to follow them – try to listen to them.

We may not have all had good dads – so this is not universal – but for those who did – try to remember and to listen to their instructions and if you still have them around – tell them you love them this weekend – time and time again! You are blessed if you still have them around. I miss mine so much!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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