“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
My Dad went to be with the Lord last year at this time, and my thoughts have been very much of him in recent days. I am devoting my thankful list this week to my Dad, who will forever be a part of me and will live in my heart and thoughts until we are reunited in heaven.
~ I am thankful for Dad’s comforting arms throughout my life – from the time I was born up until the day he passed away – being held by him always made me feel protected, safe, and loved – it is a memory I will treasure always.
~ I am thankful for the way Dad cared for and provided for his family – working hard his whole life to care for his wife and four children.
~ I am thankful that Dad grew his family up involved in the church, and was an example of service and leadership to us.
~ I am thankful for Dad’s listening ear – the way he lovingly discussed our troubles with us.
~ Along with that, I am thankful for Dad’s wisdom and guidance in my life and that he was always willing to help out when asked.
~ I am thankful that Dad taught me to be organized – maybe more caught than taught – he was a master organizer, which I always admired.
~ I am thankful for Dad’s sense of humor – I always loved it when he laughed and my memories of those special times are especially dear.
~ I am thankful for Dad’s faith in the Lord, especially in his later years. It was a joy to me to share that faith with him, and a true comfort in his passing – to know that he is with the Lord and is experiencing all of the joys of heaven.
I heard something on a radio program yesterday that really touched my heart. The speaker said that the people in our lives that we love – our spouse, children, parents, siblings, friends, relatives – are gifts from God to us for a time. They are His and we are blessed to share our lives with them. Their passing away is only a temporary separation. The reality is that we will be with them again for all eternity, if they (and we) have placed our trust in Christ for salvation from our sins. I hope that this will bless your heart the way it blessed mine!
Have a wonderful day!