Thursday, September 3, 2009

Joy Challenge - Day Twelve - God Is Good



This is the very first picture I have of my Dad and I. I have been blessed to have him in my life for a very long time now. He has always looked, in my eyes, just as he does here - strong, protective, loving - a man of great faith and solid character.

He has always looked young for his age even as he entered his eighties. I think he has less gray hair than I do - but we'll never know because I have hidden mine. In recent months, though, illness has taken its toll. He has lost a great deal of weight and walks slowly, using a cane for support.

We went out to dinner last evening. As we sat talking the conversation turned, as it inevitably does these days, to his health. He sighed as he spoke of the difficulties involved in having dialysis three days a week - how it has changed his life. I looked across the table at him, into eyes that haven't changed in the sixty-two years I've known him, and he smiled and said, "God is good."

Yes Dad, God is good. It brings immeasurable joy to hear him say that. It encourages me to know that all those things we have learned and heard about the Lord are true. They have great meaning and value when we see them lived out in the lives of those we love and esteem.

My father has taught me much about my heavenly Father. He has given me a Godly inheritance worth more than the greatest fortune this world can offer. He has taught and modeled faith - his faith in a loving God and God's faithfulness to His children.

"O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting."
I Chronicles 16:34


Blessings,
Linda

9 comments:

Loretta said...

What a wonderful tribute to your precious dad! The picture reminds me of one you might have seen on my Facebook photos page of my father & mother holding me when I was a baby. Daddy is so very young (only barely 19--younger than Jenny is now!) and tall, dark & handsome. I still see him that way, all these years later. He's a man of faith, too. :)

Love & hugs,
Loretta

grammy said...

Love the picture. You were so lucky to have such a Godly Dad. And to have had him so long. Mine died when I was 3 and he was 38. To early.

Anonymous said...

Thank You

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Isn't it moments like these, Linda?
Pure JOY!
When we see through the veil to the true life, to the Real Glory.
God is so, so, so good!

Your words give me joy today!

Thank you, beautiful friend...
All's grace,
Ann

Dawn said...

It looks so much like the first picture of my very young dad holding me. He also has kept his youth better than a lot. We are both blessed to still have both parents still with us, though they are indeed slowing down!

Teena said...

Linda, thank you... makes me think of my Dad. You know after he died I spent a lot of time gathering pics and I have very few of him and I. What wonderful words.....

thank you for sharing....
blessings,
Teena

Maria said...

Hi Linda!

My heart filled with memories and love for my own father as I read along. How beautiful the hands and feet that lead us to God. How beautiful life is when we've been so dearly blessed with earthly fathers that make it so easy to enter into the love of our heavenly Father.
Blessed to have visited here today ~ Maria

Maxine said...

Oh, Linda, you brought tears to my eyes. What a blessing you have. Cherish it. I see that you do.

Anonymous said...

Linda,
You are indeed blessed to have this godly heritage. Your dad's faith is a treasure that will live on through eternity, touching many lives. I pray that the Lord will strengthen him through these trying times. I know people who have dialysis 3 days/week, and I can only imagine how difficult it must be. I'm sure you bring him great encouragement, even as you do for many here!