Treasured Memories of my Earthly Father
I was sitting with the Lord, enjoying a second cup of coffee, replaying in my mind the rich, soothing baritone of Ed Ames I’d listened to last night. Suddenly, tears were streaming down my cheeks. Baritone voices always reminded me of my Dad.
Daddy’s voice had been strong, deep and marvelously resonant. Though every inch a man’s man, when he talked to me his voice was always gentle. Just the sound of him talking – about anything – soothed whatever was wrong.
Though Daddy passed in 1986, the pain of missing him still burns. I was a new believer back then. I had studied, diligently, how to witness to people and I tried talking to Daddy, but I did not do very well Daddy had not gone to church the last few years of his life and did not seem to want to talk much about God with me.
So, when he passed the question of whether I would see him in heaven began haunting me. I have talked about my Daddy in previous posts, http://bit.ly/1SIexOu. But truly, words are inadequate to say how much he meant to me. Daddy and my daughter, Sharon, shown below when she was 10, remain the two great human loves of my lifetime.
Treasured Truth from my Heavenly Father
God sends a comforting thought every time I wonder about Daddy’s eternal home. God promises when I get to heaven, there will be no more tears, no more sadness. . . that somehow I will see things from God’s perspective. So that means if Daddy did not make it, the pain of missing him will be gone, which is another mystery of God far, far beyond my understanding.
But I accept this truth by faith.
And the several times each day when I think of Daddy, I thank God that Daddy showed me what a strong, loving and tender father is like. The love of my earthly father, Fred Farmer, prepared the way for me to walk in grateful closeness with my beloved Heavenly Father. That is a priceless gift, and a deeply cherished treasure.
Thank you, Father, for my Daddy and his love for me and all his family. May those who did not have the good fortune of a Daddy like mine be able to feel the same tenderness from You and the security of a close walk with You. And if they have hurtful memories, You are the Great Physician. Please heal those past hurts and put in their place a deep, deep love and passion for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.