REMEMBERING MY DAD

6 01 2012

Today was the Birthday of my my Father, Harvey W. Morgan.  Although He went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, many years ago, his memory is still fresh in my mind.

Memories of my Dad are endless!  He was a faithful husband to my dear Mom for fourty-nine years and together they raised six children, which I am the youngest. Providing for his family was his priority. He worked as a full-time custodian in a very large church in Detroit, Michigan and then would come home, eat supper and then go to a second job necessary to support his family. He was loved and respected by his employers and fellow workers. He had a fantastic sense of humor. I know this because for three years while I was in college, I worked with him at the church. He was my boss, as well as my Dad! He taught me how to work and give my best no matter what the task. I also saw how he related to people, treating them with fairness, love and compassion. Many homeless people would stop at the church and they did not leave without a little of his money, food and a word about how Jesus loved them. He even formed a basketball team of neighborhood kids who he let play in the gymnasium of the church. He nicknamed the team, “Harvey’s Aces.” Most of all, however, what characterized my Dad was his love for Jesus. He raised his children to honor the Lord, read His Word, love and take care of one another. Those he encountered in his work also knew of his love for Jesus. He gave his testimony as to what Jesus had done for him to all who would listen and to some who even didn’t want to listen!

I could continue for many pages writing about Dad. He passed along many verses from the Bible to me but the one which sums up his life is , Micah 6:8.  “He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy. and to walk humbly with thy God.”

This verse sums it up about Dad and what he was about. Thank you, Dad, for your example and legacy. It is my prayer that I have and will continue to pass this along to my family.

Bob Morgan, Boca Raton, Florida

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ANOTHER YEAR—2012

3 01 2012

As the new year begins, we no doubt have many goals which we hope to meet. What lies ahead for us?  Each of us will live and experience many things. I am sure we will seek to do our best, well aware that the final control of our lives is in God’s Hands.

Two verses come to mind as we begin our journey in 2012.  The first, Psalm 90:1, tells us that God has been our constant help in the past and this help will continue in the future. The second, Psalm 90:17, asks for the blessing of our God in what we do that He will be glorified. Psalm 90:1 (The Message)  God, it seems you’ve been our home forever, long before the mountains were born.  Long before you brought earth itself to birth, from “once upon a time” to “kingdom come”–you are God.

Psalm 90:17 (The Message) Let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work we do. Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!

With the Eternal God as our guide and refuge, we go into this new year with full assurance that whatever we face, He will be with us. His Presence will be our constant guide and His Beauty will surround us. What greater promises could we have?

 

Bob Morgan, Boca Raton, Florida