The memories that I have of my dad are still fresh in my mind. I miss him so much. He was my superhero! I believed when I was a child my dad could do anything. He always protected and provided for my Mom, my brother and I. When I think back to my years of growing up he was always there, he was the rock of our family. As a family we went through some really tough times, but my dad was always the one who would somehow make things better. Our relationship as a father and daughter had grown into a friendship and I always knew that I could count on his sound advice in my life.
My father was one of seven boys in the Porter family, he would joke and say that he was never late for dinner. He would tell me stories about his father and what a powerful man businessman he was in the community. My grandfather must have had a good work ethic because my dad was a very hard worker. I never remember my dad staying home from work, even when he was ill. He volunteered as a baseball coach and later as an umpire for Little League baseball. After my father died of cancer, I found out the impact he had in the community. At his funeral, person after person got up and shared about how my father had helped them with words of encouragement and a helping hand when needed. He had a love for people and had a good listening ear.
On Friday night my husband and I went out to see the new movie, ”The Man of Steel”. There was one scene in the movie that really touched my heart. The father was looking at his son in a superman cape playing like he was warding off the enemy and you could see it in the father’s eyes that he saw the potential in his little boy. This is how fathers look at their children; With the hope that they will achieve all of the dreams they hold in their hearts for them. This is how our heavenly Father sees us too! He looks at us and sees the potential in each of us and loves us with an everlasting love.
My dad became a Christian in the last few months in his life. I am so thankful that my daughter Danielle lead him in prayer to receive Christ! How special that his first grandchild would have the blessing of leading her grandpa into a new life in Christ. I know that we will have a great reunion when I leave this earth and go to join him in heaven, and what a wonderful reunion it will be!
As we celebrate another Father’s day it is my prayer that we would encourage our fathers. We need to be always building them up and telling them how important they are to us. We should encourage them not only today on Fathers day but throughout the year. Always giving them the love and respect they deserve.
Deuteronomy 5:16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”