I went through a time of depression, not wanting to talk with anyone or go to school, but it was our family minister, I called him Dr. "B", who talked with me and put everything in proper perspective to help me accept it even if it took some time to really understand. Now Dr. "B" was a big, jolly man with a ready smile and a kind word, but having been a Chaplain in World War II in Europe he had seen things that I couldn't even imagine in those days. Because of his experience he had a way of making something positive out of the worst situations and using it to comfort those in need. And his words were very comforting for they let me know what was expected of me and provided peace in my heart as he told of how the Heavenly Father, the one who created both my dad and me, was always near and ready to help if we ask.
So, the father of our birth, our earthly father, is given the task with his wife, our mother, of raising children for the Father of Creation, for earthly life is finite and short-lived while eternal life is endless. During that short life Dear Old Dad is expected to prepare us for all of life's joys and sadness and introduce us to the greatness of God and what he expects of us so that someday we will earn the opportunity to live eternally when our time here is done. How does he do it? By involvement in our early activities, trials and tribulations; providing unconditional love with discipline as necessary; providing a safe home while we develop; teaching us the importance of prayer, reading the Bible, attending Sunday school and worship; and using all of these factors to open our eyes to the importance of faith in a God to guide our life's decisions.
His hands on "job" ends when we reach adulthood and have learned those lessons that will see us through the good times and bad. Oh, he's still in our lives, but his purpose becomes one of standing back and encouraging us while we carry on the task of living on our own. Just like the eagle teaches the young eaglet to overcome his fear of flying from a high branch and in turn learn to experience the joy of soaring high in the sky, our earthly father prepares us to face the world with the faith to receive the joy that believing in Our Lord provides.
And now all these years later, I still look back at the time long ago with sadness, but I know that the answers I received from that good and kind minister were true. And I know that even though dad died while I was very young, he began my mental preparation for the future which led me to the beliefs that I hold today. I also know that when eternity comes, I will not only see the Father and His Son, but I will be reunited with my earthly father and mother again in a place glorious beyond any imagination, and what a reunion it will be.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. God bless you all on this Sunday Morning Coming Down.