Saturday, June 08, 2013

My Dad My Hero

One of the highest honors a man can have is for a father to know his children consider him as their hero.  When I look back on my childhood I realize I was always too busy to have very much time for my Dad on the rare occasions when he was home.  I guess the reason I didn't have much time for his is because he was most always working and when he was home he was drinking to excess.

I do remember times when my Dad did try to teach me his skills as a master mechanic.  I rejected his willingness to teach me his talents as I was determined that I did not want to be like him.  I had judged him harshly because he had a drinking problem.  I built a wall between us that I will always regret.

Even though I did not respect my Dad as I should have I did honor him by praying for him constantly.  I told you about his story before, but I will mention it briefly again.  One Sunday morning my Dad woke my mother and he asked her to pray with him as he wanted her to pray with him.  My Mom was totally shocked as my Dad had some very ill feelings towards so called Christians because of the horrible things said to him by a Christian.  He also did not want any part of being a Christian because of what his co-workers, that were deacons in their church, would sneak around drinking with my Dad after work.

Something happened to my Dad the Saturday night before he woke my Mom that caused him to know something terrible was coming. My Dad never spoke of what happened, but I believe the Lord Jesus Himself, or perhaps an angel, came to him in a dream to tell him what was going to happen soon and it was time to set his house in order.  Approximately two weeks after my Dad accepted Jesus into his heart he had a brain aneurysm which left him incapable of conducting his own affairs.  I had to go before a judge to have him declared legally incompetent.  This was one of the hardest things I've every had to do.

My Dad lived for another 20-years in a nursing facility before he passed away at age 83. If he were sill alive he would be 105-years old in December.  I miss my Dad and I now wish I had let him teach me his skills.  Most people look down on people with drinking problems with contempt as if they are worthless people.  Even though my Dad had a drinking problem he had strong work ethics and values in which I was able to inherit from him.

I am so excited to know that my Dad, and my other family members, are in heaven waiting for me to come.  They are all there looking down on what's happening in my life hear on earth and I look forward to that day when I get to see my heavenly Heroes God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and all my family heroes, especially my Dad.  Happy Father's Day Dad!

Several years ago I created a BLOG honoring my Dad's part in a movie, "Ernie Pyle's Story of G I Joe" and can be seen at http://www.storyofgijoe.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

TAKING CARE OF THE TEMPLE

I was so surprised to see Robert Morris' latest sermon "Taking Care of the Temple" on my podcast yesterday because I had no idea he had been so sick.  When I watched Robert talk about his struggle with illness I felt a connection with him because of my own health issue that I'm struggling with in my body.  My health issue has to do with my own failure to take care of the temple.

Life is short as it is and can be cut short than it is supposed to be through neglect of one's responsibility of taking care of the temple.  As you watch this video you too may see some areas where you have neglected your temple.  James says that we should pray one for another in James 5:16 "Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]." Amplified Version

The key is that we should pray healing for one another that we ourselves will be healed.  I would like to pray for you if you, like me, have neglected your temple.  Please feel free to send me your prayer request so that I can pray for you.  And, you also will pray for me that we both may be healed.

Robert Morris
Click on the following link to watch Pastor Robert's Sermon: http://gatewaypeople.com/sermons/163381