I met a great man recently. He was loving and nurturing. He was a wonderful father and husband and grandfather. He gave the best of himself to his family. And his family, well, they love him so very much.
But, today, this family — well, they had to let him go. Today was the day for goodbye.
Mister Melanie’s Daddy. I don’t even know his name. I know he is her daddy though. And I have never met him in person. But I saw pictures of him loving his daughter and his grandchildren. I saw a picture of his wife, Mrs. Melanie’s Mommy, with unbearable pain in her eyes as she looked at the camera.
Yet I knew this great man by knowing his great daughter. When the Lord takes my own Daddy home to heaven I hope if anyone didn’t meet him in person — but did meet me — that I have reflected what a wonderful man he is by how I have been viewed. That’s what Melanie has done. Her daddy had to be a great man because great men have great children. She was so devoted to him.
Crushed beyond belief just a few short months ago to find out he had a terminal illness, she rose to the occassion doing everything humanly possible to spend as much time with him as she could. She agonized over his illness. She fought tooth and nail to give him the best care she could. She did things for her father that she never in a million years thought she would need to do. But she did them with tender love. Her heart overwhelmed with grief, she trudged on — giving, giving, giving of herself — while, deep inside her soul, she was feeling the weight of the world on her shoulders.
Melanie, my sweet friend and soulmate. Girl, I am so sorry for you. I am so incredibly sorry. And I wish I could come hold you through the pain. I have been touched by your Father’s story. I have been touched by your family’s struggle. I have been shown what it means to honor your Father. You have been an excellent daughter. You are an excellent friend. My prayers are with you, honey. My thoughts surround you at this moment of harshest grief. I love you!
The Bible tells us to Honor our Fathers and Mothers.
Melanie, girl, you are a prime example of what it means to honor your Father. Honor him you did and it has touched my life. Thank you for showing me, by example, what this means. God has used you, my dear. He has.
Honor your parents, folks. And, remember, you are the example of your family to the world. Even if you don’t live near your parents, like me, you are still responsible for honoring them. For some people, we are all they’ll know of our parents.
Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.