Nine years ago today, at the end of my eulogy I sang “Jesus Loves Me” to the entire congregation. And I’m not a singer.
Yet it seemed to be the perfect way to end my litany of Daddy’s legacy of love. You see, my earthly father’s love for me paved the way for me to understand and embrace the love of God my heavenly Father.
While I still miss Daddy every day, and August is always bittersweet, I smile because I once again realize the impact a parent can have on a child.
How do we love others into God’s kingdom? How did my own father and mother do it?
I heard “I love you” from them every single day! But I experienced the results of their love even more than that:
- The small (and big) times of literally laying aside their own desires and needs in order to give us a special experience or opportunity.
- Putting family memory-making times together above other priorities, knowing that “things” end, but moments can be relived time and time again.
Daddy believed in me. Even now as a seasoned adult I still hear his voice in my ear when the insecurities or doubts rise…. “You can do it, Cindy. With God’s help you can do just about anything!” He was a great encourager, not just to his own children, but to everyone he met.
Are you a Mama or a Daddy, a Granny or a Granddad?
Do you know that assuring your children and your grands of your unconditional love is a great gift? As they receive the byproducts of your love – the security, the compassion, the encouragement – they learn how to trust, an important step on the journey of faith.
Perhaps, you – like me – sometimes feel inadequate as a parent
Even those of us who shower love on our children let them down at times. But if we have invested in helping point them to God, then they know where to turn when the world has been cruel – to the One who will never leave them.
And that’s why I ended my funeral tribute to Daddy with these words…. “One night when I was almost two years old Daddy set up his elaborate reel to reel tape recorder, stuck a microphone in my little face and I, of course, began to sing: ‘Jesus Loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so.’ You will be delighted to know that I have now mastered all the lyrics to that song, but far more importantly I have spent a lifetime living the truth behind them because of Daddy. (Then I sang “Jesus Loves Me”) I Love You Daddy!”
Who are you going to love towards the Kingdom?
“We love because God loved us first.But if we say we love God and don’t love each other, we are liars. We cannot see God. So how can we love God, if we don’t love the people we can see?The commandment that God has given us is: “Love God and love each other!” (I John 4.19-21 CEV)
under the mercy, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength”
©2020 Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a storyteller and seasoned mentor who engages both heart and mind while “Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity & Strength.” She has authored 15 books including “Soul Strong – 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life” and “Life-Giving Choices – 60 Days to What Matters Most.” She writes from “Sunnyside” cottage in New England and shares encouragement at LucindaSecrestMcDowell.com
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