"...choose life, then, so that you and your descendents may live in the love of Yahweh your God, obeying his voice, holding fast to him"Deu. 30:19-20
For years I have been sharing my thoughts through a journal - in most recent years it has been entitled my "Gratitude Journal". Father's Day Weekend is just ahead of us. Today I would like to share the joy I feel and the gratitude I have through the Fatherhood my son toward his own children!
Jay has been a Father for almost six years. McCullough is his daughter (5.5 yrs) and Thompson is his son (4 yrs on Sat). It is an understatement to say that he is a great Dad. He is sensitive, caring, nurturing, encouraging, tolerant, patient, stern when necessary, consoling, and teaches by example. He is filled with love and he is also human!
He looses his temper and gets frustrated. He has anxiety and concerns for his children's education, health, protection and their future. He works hard and sacrifaces his own desires for the sake of his children and family.
This past year Jay has dedicated himself to the call of 'lay-minister' in the United Methodist Church. He studies the Word. He provides devotions and sermons with the aged in nursing facilities. He teaches Sunday School in his home church. He goes to church with his wife and children - he doesn't drop them off at the door. He is ethical and passionate about doing his best.
Jay loves history and teaches for an Episcopal school in his community. He is concerned for his students and he provides support and encouragement to his charges when they make poor decisions. He advocates for each child - with their parents or with school administrators.
It is impossible to share all he means to me... but I am so very blessed as a Father. The gift of watching my child become a Man and a Father has been an outstanding journey! I give God thanks for HIS incredible LOVE and for the opportunity I have had and trust I will continue to have, walking the path of faith with my brother/son as he continues to bless his own children, his students and his community of faith and larger community.
I love you son!