Tomorrow will mark two years since my dad passed away. Over the past two years, I have missed so many things I used to take for granted, but one thing I am sure of is that my sadness has been tempered by the faithful life that my dad lived and the faithfulness of the God whom he served.
For over sixty years, dad preached the gospel (fifty of those years, working with the same congregation). During those years, not only did he record a daily 15 minute radio program called “Bible Meditations,” he also recorded a weekly, one-minute program called, “A Moment of Meditation.”
Today’s post comes from one of those weekly one-minutes recordings that I think is timely, not only because of the anniversary of dad’s death, but because of the nature of his message. Here’s what dad had to say…
At this time of the year, many people pause to remember their loved ones who have gone on to their eternal reward. This is as it should be. Lessons can be learned by the lives of those who have died. In Hebrews 11:4, we learn that Cain and Abel, even though they are dead, teach us lessons. Abel is an example of faithful service to God while Cain misused his life in trying to do his own will.
The reason that God wrote about many men and women of Old Testament times is so that they might provide an example for us (1 Corinthians 10:11). The great lessons they all teach is that life is the time for us to serve God and to get ready for eternal life. There is nothing more sad than to see a life wasted. Many who could have been remembered with fond memories are not remembered this way because they chose to disregard God during their lives. Be an example worth remembering. You will never regret it.
Dad, thanks for your words and the life you lived to back them.