July 11, 2021 by Kgalalelo
“Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you”. Ex 20:12
I am excited that my dad is turning 80 years old next week Thursday on the 15th. It is such a blessing to have a wonderful father who has always been there for his children. He is an amazing father and I thank the Lord that he gifted me my dad. I know there are hundreds of fatherless children out there and many are crying for the love of the father, but I have never had a shortage, not even once. I do not see my dad often enough because we live in different cities, but he is a phone call away, we talk to each other almost every week.
I spent time with him in January and we took a trip to Mahikeng together to visit my uncles and aunts as well as my eldest brother who also lives there. It was a wonderful and fulfilling time with the family. With the virus still wreaking havoc everywhere in the country, we see each other very less.
I thank the Lord that He has blessed me with a strong and resilient dad. Many people lost loved ones all over the world last year, both young and old due to the epidemic. Numerous others didn’t realise that they had underlying illnesses that were exposed by the pandemic. It has been difficult for families and continues to be and those who are still blessed to enjoy the presence and love of their parents should be grateful. In fact, we all need to be grateful for everything that the Lord has done for us. Even though I lost my mother seven years ago, I appreciate the time I had with her.
Last July my dad had to go into hospital because he wasn’t eating well. It was the time when the pandemic was at its peak and because we were still terrified of it then as a new virus, we were sceptical to have him hospitalised at a public hospital, but he had to go in.
We were all nervous and I thank the Lord for the doctor who lives close to my home who convinced us to take him there and because she is woman of God, she ministered to all of us at home and we were all in agreement that hospitalisation was the best option to take. We’d heard of people picking up the virus in hospitals and dying from it and we were anxious in the beginning but God was good to my father and to all of us and He kept him safe and he returned home to us safe and well.
Before he left, I remember asking him if he knew the time that he would want to go home and be with the Lord and he said it all depended on God. I knew that he missed my mother and his own because he told me. Before he was admitted I took the opportunity to lead him to the Lord. I knew that he would come back home but whatever happened, I wanted him to know Jesus Christ. My mother was a born again Christian and it was important to me that my dad should also know the Lord.
He repented and received the Lord Jesus, the best gift in the world. I know that one day when it is time for my dad to go home, He will be with the Lord but for now, I am going to enjoy him, have conversations with him, visit him and travel with him like we did in January.
My dad is a jolly good fellow. He is always cheerful. He’s an early bird and used to work in the garden most of the time. I can’t even remember, not even once making tea for him because he does it himself as soon as he gets up. He likes to do things himself and is in good health. He drives himself everywhere he wants to go and even though he has eyeglasses, I hardly see him wearing them. He is leaving a full life.
I have the best father in the world, and I thank God for blessing me so much.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ (2004). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale House Publishers. The Holy Bible, Berean Study Bible, BSB Copyright ©2016, 2018 by Bible Hub Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2016 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. http://netbible.com All rights reserved. The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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