When I was a small boy I remember that my Dad was always the first one up and out of bed in the morning. I'm sure it had something to do with him being raised on a farm as the oldest of a rather large family. As the elder son the chores of the day where a priority for him. The morning chores came before everything else. I don't know if my Dad prayed in the morning before chores or as the work was being done. Honestly, I don't have proof that he prayed at all as a young boy. I do know that my Grandma prayed. She has been gone a very long time. I never knew my Dads Mom.
What I do know is this, my Dad was a loving man. He was a quiet, gentle hard working man. He had great respect for my Mom and their love was a true example of a Godly marriage. He once told me to "always respect your wife". He told me in the only letter he ever wrote to me while I was in the military how proud he was to be my father. He was not a formally educated man. Being the eldest Son, the farm took priority because that was his families only source of income.
I loved to work with my Father around the yard. I enjoyed spending time with him even if he was just outside smoking his pipe. We would sit and talk about the small things in life. We would laugh and share the funny things in life as well. I miss him a lot. He would spend quiet times by himself and we went to Church as a family all the time. We were taken care of both physically and mentally. Loved and cared for. My Mom and Dad loved each other and respected what they both knew God had done for and with them.
I am now older than my Dad was when he passed away. I am born again. God is at work in me. God has placed in me a deep love for people and given me my soulmate to journey with me. I am happy to know that sometimes words don't need to be spoken to know that we are loved.
Father, I give thanks for the time we spend together. You have given us a peace that surpasses all understanding. I rest in your arms Abba. We are loved. May we share our thoughts with you and may you guide us with your wisdom. In the name of Jesus, Amen