The other night I was putting Anderson to bed and helping him say his prayers. It’s been just recently that we have started regularly say bedtime prayers with him. At this point he is just repeating what we tell him to say – such as praying for every relative and friend he can remember. He prays for Ganna, Pop, Nana Rose and on and on. But on this night we ended the prayer by saying, “I love you God.” I said it and then he said it. When those words came out of his mouth for the first time . . . I could hardly contain myself. Ashley and I pray that this is just the beinging of Anderson’s understanding of our Heavenly Father. We look forward to the day they are both believers and begin their own personal walk with our Savior and Lord. It may have just been repeating my words . . . but that’s one of the first step in passing on our faith to our sons.
Sunday will be my third Father’s Day. This year I celebrate being the dad to two wonderful little boys. It’s pretty amazing to think that God would bless Ashley and I with such a special gift. It’s our responsibility to raise these little ones to know, love, and serve the Lord. Everyday I serve as a minister to youth, helping teenagers and their parents to grow in their walk with the Lord. I pray that through all that I do in ministry I never loose sight of my primary role – being a husband and being a dad. Anderson and Ellis only have one dad – and that’s me. What a privilege!
I’m glad that the cross that I got from my sister’s trip to Africa almost 10 years ago is still making an impact today. Though it was not origianlly a Christian symbol, it has been used as the cross for the Christian missionaries and nationals in Western Africa for some time. It is very special to me and I’m glad that I can share it with you.
We have been passing it among the youth at Morningside this summer as a way to stay connected to one another and as a way to recognize seeing Christ in one another. Each time we meet before a major event or trip the person who has it passes it to someone else in the group. So far it has been passed to nic – cathy – paul – aimee – martha lee – stephen – and now katie wears it. As she passes it off tomorrow may we always remember what the cross means to all of us. It’s a reminder of what Jesus did for us. Our Savior bled and died – to take away our sins and to overcome death. Because of his sacrifice and because of his death and resurrection we can have life and life abundant with our Heavenly Father! May we always, “…deny [ourselves] and take up [our] cross daily and follow [him].” Luke 9:23