Inspiration Words of Life

A Legacy of Faith and Love

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“Fathers, don’t exasperate your children to anger, but raise them up with loving discipline and counsel that brings the revelation of our Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

On this Father’s Day, I would like to honor the life and memory of my loving earthly Father! Daddy has been in heaven for seventeen years now, yet there are still days I miss him so much! My earthly Father was a gentle and humble man who loved the Lord first, and loved his family and others as he loved himself.

The inner city mission Daddy pastored was called “The Chapel”. The Chapel started as an outreach mission of a large church to the poor. In the late 1960’s when desegregation was taking place, and people were fleeing the city to move to the suburbs; this large church chose to close. But Daddy believed God wanted him to stay- loving and ministering to all- whatever their race or socio-economic status happened to be. Daddy wrote a letter to the deacon’s and church, requesting the Chapel to stay open and become an independent church of its own. They voted yes, and the ministry continued! Daddy courageously and humbly stood up for what he believed his heavenly Father wanted him to do-he was truly ahead of the times. In fact, the Chapel was one of the first integrated churches in Atlanta GA, with both black and white leadership. I saw God’s love in action through the life of my father, as he recognized the value of each individual soul, and counted it an honor to serve others.

When I was a child I loved to play with my Daddy; we acted silly, sang songs, danced, and laughed! We also had Bible readings every morning at the breakfast table. I was too young to understand what was being read, but I do remember laying my head on Daddy’s shoulder while the Bible was being read and feeling amazingly secure and loved. Even during my rebellious teen years, while I was trying to figure out who I was- my Daddy always loved me unconditionally. He was truly a picture of the way God loves His imperfect children. As I grew up, Daddy always supported me- his love was a constant in my life.

When I had children, they called him “DaDaddy” and he loved each of them, the same way he loved me. He lived in our home the last two years of his life on earth. I am so thankful it worked out that way because we had so many special times to share and be together. During his stay, there were many friends and family in and out of our home that were blessed through his life and loving presence.

One morning, before he passed away he told me of a dream he had. In this dream, He was in heaven and the angels were getting him ready to meet the Lord. The angels were giggling and happy, as they dressed him in a white officer’s uniform with a white officer’s hat. He then met the Lord Jesus and they began to walk together on the streets of gold. There were people cheering and clapping lined on both sides of the street. Daddy joyously said, “Lord, they are cheering and clapping for you!”  The Lord turned to him and answered, “No my son, they are cheering and clapping for you”. Daddy had the light and love of the Lord shining through him- Christ could be seen through his life, because of His union with Jesus.

So on this Father’s Day, I honor you, my dear Daddy, and I am cheering and clapping for you! Thank you for allowing God to use your life and for leaving a legacy of faith and love to me, our family, and the many others God allowed you to love, humbly minister to, and make a positive, lasting difference in their lives, and destiny.

 

 

 

 

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