Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
My Father In Heaven
Today is Father’s Day. We celebrate this day in honor of fatherhood. I was blessed with a father who was a simple man whom I loved and respected beyond words. He was not a preacher or a great student of scripture but he taught me to love and respect my Father in Heaven. He loved my mother dearly and gave all six of us a home filled with peace and happiness. His legacy will not be found on marble in the annals of men but my inheritance from my dad is the knowledge of an eternal Father.
Today is the first day of the week. This will be a day of worship, praise and honor to a Father I have never seen yet I see Him every day. His love for me is so immense it overwhelms me to understand it. He has protected me all my life. The touch of His hand has covered me with love unbounded. I have learned the harsh lessons of discipline from Him. Joy is my remembrance of how often my heavenly Father has blessed my days. I disappoint Him often with my frail spirit yet He forgives me as far as the east is from the west. So often I feel unworthy to be His child. He is my Father and I love Him so very much.
Two fathers. The first I saw as a young baby as my eyes peered into his little smirking smile he gave. Jet black hair and heavy musk will stay with me forever. John James Pershing Heaton was a man of few words but words that let me know he was a good father. As a family we never missed an opportunity to worship the Lord. A man of timely presence we were never late (not even close). The green Ford Econoline van would be at services thirty minutes early or his name was not John Heaton. But the greatest lesson he taught me was to love my Father in heaven. Thank you dad. I know about Him because of you. I want to let my light shine in the world to let others know about Him because you let your light shine in me first. Because of you I have sought to teach my children of our Father in heaven and pass that light to them
On this Father’s day may we all take the light of Christ and share it with others so they too may come to know the riches of His grace and the love of a heavenly Father filled with mercy and grace.