The following is my Father’s Day post from last year. I feel it is an excellent Father’s Day post for 2014. This post also makes me miss my father who went to be with the Lord in 2007 even more.
The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.
My late father was absolutely the greatest. He was an excellent family man. I am around many people today and even going back some years who do not know what it is like to be raised by a man like my father. He struck the right cord in the household growing up. He was not rigid and dictatorial. He commanded respect without demanding it. I could always talk to him.
My father was very friendly. I remember him talking to a couple of my 5th grade classmates who did not know I was his daughter. When they found out he was my father, I was told of him being so nice and being so handsome. When I run into men who grew up in the neighborhood, they talk of how my father stopped his outside work around the house to talk to them and how they appreciated and learned from those talks. He once mentioned when I was in my late teens how he eventually made peace with a person on his job that did not like him. I wondered how could anybody not like my father!
On my Facebook page, a former church member of my former Philly church commented on my father’s love for music and singing. He sang tenor and did solos. He especially loved sacred music and traditional hymns. The hymn for this Sunday music post is O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing. My father thought he knew all the hymns. So it surprised him to hear this hymn for the first time in the 1980s. He loved it right away.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
Her children arise and call her blessed…
I am blessed to have my mother still with me. She is 88 years young and despite her health challenges, my mother is a strong woman of God. This photo of my mother with me is from April 2013. The Lord continues to bless her 3 daughters, son-in-law, three granddaughters, a few cousins and a host of nieces and nephews with her wonderful presence. I wish her a happy and blessed Mother’s Day.
A Favorite of My Mother
I was graduating from then Bowie State College Md in the spring of 1973. Today it is Bowie State University in Bowie. My parents made the two-hour and fifteen minutes drive from Philly with my two younger siblings and my maternal grandmother. Ah, my grandmother who never made it past the 5th grade would not miss any of her grandchildren’s school and college graduations.
I took the photo below at the graduates’ reception. It was an exciting and emotional time. The next day I would be graduating, going back home to Philadelphia, PA and leaving good friends from different areas of Maryland and Washington, D.C.. In the photo you see the then Bowie State College President, Dr. Samuel L. Myers and his wife. Now look at the man standing on the right. He was the commencement speaker at my graduation. He is Martin Luther King Sr. also known as Daddy King.
This should melt the heart of the most grumpy among us. I just love these type of reunions. They always bring out my joy tears. Lt. Col. Cotina Jenkins-Sellers who came home after serving in Kuwait for 8 months, surprises her 13 year old son, Derrick Jenkins. I thank her for her service. God bless this family.
BTW, my christian blog is finally up and running. Most times, my posts will be on some or all of the following days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. If any post appear on days not mentioned, it will most likely be a music post. One can find the Sunday music that use to be on this blog at my new blog, Biblical Transformer.
Abortion which I once supported is what it is and that is the murder of innocent life. I love to hear and read about people who should not be living in this world due to abortion. Molly Anne Dutton’s life came into being under the worst circumstances. She is a product of rape and is thankful her birth mother chose life over abortion, even though the husband’s ultimatum was abortion or divorce.
Molly Anne Dutton never forgot what her birth mother did for her who worked with a Christian adoption group called Lifeline Children’s Services while pregnant from rape. A married couple who served on Lifeline’s board, took steps right away to adopt Ms. Dutton at birth. She is the youngest in a family which includes other adoptive children.
Today Ms. Dutton is horticultural major at Auburn University where she ran on the platform of adoption advocacy and won the Homecoming Queen title. Molly Anne Dutton says that she “was given grace to carry that story,” as her “story is a voice for the voiceless.”