Thankful For My Father

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   11/28/2013

In the season of thanksgiving, I want to point out what I am thankful for this year. Like every year, I have a lot to choose from.  I could be thankful for my family, my home, my job or the blessing of having plenty of food to eat.  Each one of these things is treasured by all the world.

But this year I will never forget.  This year is the year my father passed away, which made it one of the most difficult years of my life.

With his passing he left a big hole in the hearts of many people.  My father was a man of many talents and many blessings.  Most notably he was a man that trusted the Lord as pointed out throughout his memorial service a few weeks ago.  

The death of a loved one raises many questions. Sooner or later, questions like these come to mind. Why did he die?  Why did the Lord let such a man as this die?  Is trusting the Lord worth it?

To process these questions I went to the scriptures starting with this verse.

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned“ – Romans 5:12

Death entered the world through sin and since we all sin, we all must die.  Death was not part of the original plan for my father and therefore the Lord is not responsible for his death.  But since sin causes all men to die in the flesh, the Lord made a way for us to escape spiritual death – by believing in his Son Jesus Christ.  Because of this my fathers’ death will be short lived, as I will soon see him again.

On top of that, the Lord greatly blessed my father as evident by the strength of his children’s families, standing together at the memorial service to testify of the rewards they have experienced.  I found this verse very fitting.

"Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed." – Psalm 112:1

The most notable characteristics of my father mentioned at his memorial service were added onto him later in life as he pursued the Lord.  This is interesting because this means that my father wasn’t just lucky to be born with kindness and understanding, but he gained them as he committed himself to learning about the Lord.

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” – 2 Chronicles 16:9

The Lord is constantly searching for people that seek him out, and when he finds them, he directly gets involved in their lives to strengthen them.  I want that.  I want the Lord to actively get involved in my life.

I want the Lord to add things to my life that I was not born with so that I too can enjoy the rewards of the Lord.  What a father I had.  He was an awesome man.  He taught me that the Lord is worthy to be trusted and a rewarder in this life and the next. 

I cannot wait to tell my father about the history that I made with the rest of my life.

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