Moments that stand out
In January of 2013 my dad passed away, but not his memory, nor the things he taught. His wisdom and practical understanding of God and His Word were life changing for me, and for many others.
I’ll never forget one Sunday morning when I was about eight years old. My dad was preaching on a Sunday morning when all of the sudden he stopped and said,
“The Holy Spirit is here. I feel God’s presence.”
People began praising the Lord in response, but my little eyes and head were turning every which way. I was looking up and down, forward and back in the sanctuary. By what my dad said, and how he said it, I was certain I would be able to see God somewhere in the room.
It also wasn’t uncommon for my dad to stop in the middle of his sermon and say something like,
“Don’t you feel like giving God some praise right now?”
Then people would begin to speak out their thanks and love for the Lord. I can recall the first time I did that. I lifted my hands and told Jesus I loved Him. I could feel Him warmly embrace me with His love. It was life changing.
What dad taught us
Over his life my dad taught many things about God’s Word and faith, but most importantly he taught us about the presence of God. He taught us about those spontaneous moments of sensing God’s presence and stopping to give Him praise. And it’s in those special moments that our lives were, and are, most changed.
Thanks dad…see you soon.