Sunday, June 15, 2008

It's Father's Day

I don't know what kind of relationship you had with your earthly father, but I had a good one with mine. It only lasted fifteen years, but he modeled the proper role of a father during that short time. Our heavenly father gave us Jesus as a role model, and he like my father died young, but rose again to give us an eternal spiritual connection to our Heavenly Father. I hope you honor your father today. Several years ago I wrote this poem to honor mine.

Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and mother, that you may have a long, good life in the land the Lord your God will give you.


Over 40 years ago, he died.
I still miss him everyday.
Quiet country boy – Brought up hard.
Learned early how to make his way.

Strong from work and tan from sun.
Dark hair and winning smile.
I never saw him waiver, change,
in good times or in trial.

He loved hard work, family.
Served his country. Spoke the truth.
Taught with bible and example.
Twigs need bending in their youth.

Outdoors was his favorite place.
Hunting, fishing, sun, fresh air.
He taught me manly lessons
when there were no women there.

Grave illness struck, he fought hard,
working right up to the end.
He crossed the bar so peacefully
to meet his Lord, and friend.

The world won’t know how great he was.
He had no wealth or fame.
Because he would not compromise
the value of his name.

I’m older now than he was
when he left this mortal frame.
But hope, that like my dad I leave
the treasure of a name.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. - Samuel Johnson