A sweet lady at Central stopped by a gift store that was going out of business and found this figurine on sale. She bought it as a gift for me, saying that she thought I would like it.
Boy do I like it! It is on my desk as I write.
When I look at it I think of my dad as an active member of the church my parents raised me in and that they still attend. Through the years he was a Bible class teacher, deacon, elder, interpreter for the deaf, and at one point treasurer. He still teaches class and serves as an elder.
When I look at this figuring I think of my maternal grandfather. He too was active in church. He never served as an elder, but was a teacher and leader in many other ways. I loved sitting with Nanny and Paw-Paw at worship.
I think of my two brothers, both raising girls (although one of them has adult children now). I think of them sitting with their children in worship and singing beside them. Both of them are capable song leaders and Bible class teachers. One has served as a deacon, treasurer, and now as an elder. Both have filled pulpits on occasion. One worked for an Christian apologetics publishing company and has credit for layout and design in a few of their more popular books.
I hope when my son sees this he thinks of me. I know I think of him. He will be a Sophomore at Faulkner University this Fall term and his mother and I are proud of the young man he is. I think of all the times of worship when we sat together, prayed together, and sang together. I think of how I used to help him find Bible passages, hymn numbers, or when I showed him the basics learning to sing.
I hope when you look at that picture there is a father, grandfather, uncle, or church member you think of that took time to teach you faith. I pray that there is a young man or young woman who will think of you.
” . . . bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4