The Upper Room devotional reflection for Sunday, December 26, 2021 comes to us from Flo Au of Hong Kong, China
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother
when she is old. 23 Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and
insight as well. 24 The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who
fathers a wise son rejoices in him. 25 May your father and mother rejoice;
may she who gave you birth be joyful!
My dad passed away a few years ago. I often remember him, particularly when I am in an emotional downturn. I miss his support. I remember his goodness. He would always cook for us and leave us the best food. He carried heavy items for us. He was a fighter, undergoing many surgeries and invasive medical checkups. He would do all of this with courage and independence. Yet, he was not perfect. We often had arguments because he was stubborn and didn’t listen to others. He struggled to understand what my sister and I felt and thought. He rarely cared about what we studied at school or how we spent our days at work.
My father had good and bad characteristics. However, in our family, my father’s biggest legacy was leading us to God. He can no longer cook for us. Nor can he walk next to us and carry our shopping bags. But because of him, we met God and we believe in the Lord. So, I am not an orphan., I am not alone. I know both God and my father cheer my family on to finish our race.
My mother died when I was 11, and that event has shaped the paths of my life’s journey. I often wonder what she would think about how my life has evolved or what advice she would have offered in a particular situation. I have always missed her, and I didn’t have her long enough to know her story well. I regret not being able to share her personality and life story with my sons and grandchildren. Still, Flo Au reminds me that God is the everlasting, always-present parent who watches over each of us in even more profound ways than any biological mother or father could.
Dear God, thank you for parents and all their successes and failures. Thank you for being our perfect heavenly parent. Amen.
Thought for the Day: God is my perfect parent.