Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday's Thought

"White Clematis"
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"All God has ever asked any sinner to do is simply to 
believe Him."

- Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday's Thought - Father's Day

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Father's Day is difficult this year. It's the first time, I've not celebrated with my father and am missing him. He passed away July 2014 after a period of suffering from a head trauma accident.

I have many wonderful memories of him. He was a great father, teaching me right from wrong, about God, how to do the handyman stuff around the house, and how to survive in this world.  He worked some long days with long commutes to provide for his family.

So, prior to his accident, when he began needing medical attention, I tried to find the best care I could.
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During those months, we had several doctor appointments, a surgery, a few tests, a routine  procedures done- with the intent on getting him back on his feet after loosing his wife and youngest son.  We had some rough moments together, but he knew my wife and I cared as we tried to show it as much as we could and to say "I love you."

Dad had a serious fall accident in March 2014. Part of his injuries was located around the eye- he looked like someone beat him up.  While it was very hard for me to see him after the accident, I knew I had to do these things because he needed me.  And, the thought of, "How many gross things did I put him through?" and "Look at all he did for me!" went through my mind. I had to focus on that as I don't do eyeball stuff very well so when I started feeling weird, I sat down, and asked God for more strength and to keep giving it to me.  He did, and thankfully, I did not pass out.

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We had many doctors visits and hospital ER visits together. One of the funniest moments happened during our umpteenth visit was when I decided to watch old "Lucy Show" reruns on YouTube on my tablet.  I knew we had a long wait and he was sleeping (snoring) away.  I kept an eye on him too- but to keep myself occupied and from drifting off to sleep, I watched the show and a few others.  Well, he woke up and caught me looking at my tablet and promptly said "You aren't watching after me, your looking at that silly thing.  Aren't you supposed to be paying attention to me?" Then he went back to sleep.  It was funny as my father never really wanted attention, he was a quiet, gentle man.

Another funny incident was when he was staying at the  Assisted Living facility. My goal was to get him out once a week to church especially since he mentioned several times that he did not like to miss. However, I had responsibilities at my church and I loved my church not wanting to miss any more than necessary.

Soon after his admittance to Assisted Living, I began trying to get him to go to church. Our first Sunday to do this, I drove over to his place early so I would be prepared for any last minute issues.

I got there and he wasn't ready. I had notified the Assisted Living to have him ready and told him repeatedly and he seemed to look forward to it. I had kind of suspected something was up when we talked about it earlier in the weekend so I was going to find out now.  He hemmed and hawed and did his usual hesitating when he didn't really want to do something.  This surprised me because I knew he wanted to go to church.  I thought it might have something to do with going to a "Baptist"  church instead of his own.  I learned it wasn't that.  

He finally told me, "I can't sing a solo in that large church with thousands of people looking at me!" Somehow, he got the idea that he would be singing at my church that morning.  I smiled and affirmed that he could do it but was not supposed to.

The rest of the journey was as it had been and he left to go meet Jesus. I hope I did the best for him, I pray that it was.

Father's Day brings back quite an onslaught of memories:

  • He was the absolute best tenor I'd ever heard.  He sang a solo on m
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    y wedding day that was to be from me to my wife.  I couldn't sing it, but I knew he could.  There wasn't a dry eye in the church.
  • His faith. He had a strong faith in God. I've seen him praying, reading his Bible and a devotion nearly every morning that I was up at the same time he was.
  • I can't count the number of Auto Shows we'd gone to together.  Though I hated riding the subway and getting around downtown, I enjoyed the shows along with him.

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  • Along with the car shows was a special side trip.  We would always go to Tower Records and peruse through CD's.
  • He didn't like cats.  Not at all.  However, when our cat escaped out the front door heading to the street, he didn't hesitate to grab it and bring him to us.   Here said "here, take this please!"
  • We were repairing a toilet one day when the cat came in and started making this horrid scream.  Dad didn't know what to make of it and decided it was time to leave, so he packed all of his tools and left despite my telling him it meant the cat had a hairball.

Though I miss him today, as well as on many other days, I know he is happy in Heaven with his Lord Jesus Christ whom he served in many roles throughout his life.

If your father is alive, be sure to honor him today.  If he's alive and your mad at him- not speaking or whatever- drop it and go see him as you never know when will be the last time.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday's Thought

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"No worries- God has it under control." - Allen

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday's Words

"Deer in Blackwater Falls, WV"
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"As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God."

- Psalm 42:1-2

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Garden Perspectives: Perspectives on a Gerber Daisy

"Perspectives on a Gerber Daisy"
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A favorite annual is the Gerber Daisy.  Seems like every year there is a new color or hybrid to plant.

I love the very colorful with it's bright yellow blooms.