My Father’s Fortune!

Jun 10 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

by Dr.Mary Logan

My dad died twenty-five years ago.

He left us very early on February 2. Quickly. Quietly. But with a relentless faith in the Lord and Savior he had met 47 years earlier.

As I viewed his body that Monday afternoon in the funeral home, a hundred childhood memories flooded my mind. He had bequeathed many legacies to his children, but there were four legacies especially meaningful to me.

First of all, my salvation can be directly attributed to my dad. It was in one of his tent crusades in the early 1950s in Point,Texas, that I received Christ as my Savior.

I vividly remember his sermon. He preached from the parable about Lazarus going to heaven and the rich man going to hell. I could almost feel the flames touching me as my dad described them from Luke 16:23:

 “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments . . . ”

I decided at the age of six that I definitely did not want to go to that place; I preferred heaven. So I gave my heart to God. What a life-changing decision!

Second, I attribute much of my knowledge of the Bible to my dad. Through his nightly Bible studies, conducted after the evening meal, we heard many Bible stories and other illustrations that proved to be even more valuable during the coming years. I can still recall Dad’s opening words at each study:

“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalm 119:18)

 The third important legacy my father left me was the ability to trust in God for healing. He and Mom truly believed that “with his [Jesus’] stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

My first healing memory was of God’s healing me of double pneumonia when I was six. Then I remember God’s healing Tom, a younger brother, of partial paralysis when he was fourteen. Dad taught that we could come to God with all our sicknesses.

Yet Dad and the rest of our family learned we could not dictate how and when God would heal. You see, that strong, healthy, six-foot man became totally blind when he was 60 and remained blind for the last 13½ years of his life. We did not understand why his sight was not restored while he was in this earthly body, but we never doubted God’s healing power. We are convinced Dad is truly “seeing” as he walks those streets of gold in heaven now.

Fourth, I appreciate my Dad’s teaching me to be faithful in church attendance. When we were growing up, there was never a question about attending church as long as the church doors were open. Dad firmly believed in Hebrews 10:25, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.”

 As a result, all five of my brothers and sisters and their spouses are saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, and faithful in church attendance. We passed these truths on to the next generation—our children. Now our children are passing the truths on to their children—our grandchildren.

An additional legacy was left on the cassette tape Dad recorded the night before he died. During his blindness, he used cassette tapes quite frequently to record songs, sermons, and illustrations. That night the sermon he preached from the privacy of his bedroom spoke often of death and of the necessity of being ready to meet one’s Maker. His final song to us was one I had heard many times as a child:

What would you give (in exchange)?

What would you give (in exchange)?

What would you give in exchange for your soul?

Oh, if today God should call you away,

What would you give in exchange for your soul?

 The inheritance my dad left was of faultless priority. His soul and ours were most valuable possessions. And a portion of this sermon and song were played at his funeral that cool February afternoon.

A retired, ordained Assemblies of God minister, he had pioneered and pastored many churches inTexas and Tennessee during his 40 years of ministry. And at his funeral he was able to “minister” once again to friends, relatives, and fellow ministers. Truly, Dad, you can say as Paul did:

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

Dad quoted many times, “We have only one life, and it will soon be past. It’s only what’s done for Christ that will last.”

 Truly, Dad’s legacies are eternal.

 Mary Logan, Ed.D., is a Course Development Specialist and Professor of Business and Education at Global University. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu

 

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