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Faith From My Father

Faith From My Father by Shenica Graham
Faith From My Father by Shenica Graham
Renee A Harlem Books

Father's Day is almost here again (Sunday, June 20th) It is another time to reflect upon the Biblical importance of honoring parents (Leviticus 19:3). The commandment to "honor your father and mother" is the first commandment with an included promise (Ephesians 6:2). 

  • Exodus 20:12 - Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
     
  • Deuteronomy 5-16: - Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Biblical honor of parents is not limited to biological ancestors. Spiritual parents are to be reverenced for upbringing in the ways of God. We can read in Ephesians 6:1: Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right (KJV). Yet Jesus said, "For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother (Mark 3:35). What a blessing when a natural parent is also a Godly parent!

Faith From My Father

As a youth with no great understanding of life's sometimes cruel realities, I remember receiving a package filled with greeting cards from my Dad - a Veteran (US Marines) and no stranger to adversity. These were not the words of Poe. There were no Shakespearean verses. Each card; each Cary Kard, was written by my Dad. The cards came with a little note:

This is all I have to give. Sell these cards and you can keep whatever money you make.
Love, Dad

I did not think I had what it took to plant the seeds my Father gave me; and slay the giants in my life. All I could see was the beanstalk; and I was afraid of heights. That was then. To honor my Dad for teaching me that lack is not a reason to doubt, I wrote the book, Faith From My Father. My Dad is one of few people who always encouraged me to write.

EXCERPT from Faith From My Father : Verses Inspired by Lessons From Dad & God Our Heavenly Father by Shenica Graham

Living In America

They say poverty is a state of mind. Wouldn't you like to know who they are? I mean, they must not know what it is like to live in a Los Angeles ghetto! Have you ever had one of those "…and all I got was this lousy [shirt]..." days? Welcome to my neighborhood in the 1980's. I was too young to run away and too broke to do anything else. I could have gone to the only attraction on the block - the candy store, but I did that yesterday. I did that everyday; and all I got was a lousy, empty sack... or so I thought.

Unlike some people who say they never knew they were poor until someone else told them so, I did not need a translator. There are people in this country who have less than the means of what constitutes a living in America. As a child I did not always have shoes without holes in them. While our country sends aid to other continents, there are starving people right here and some of them do desperate things to escape their lives of this caliber. Some have only their heart's ambition to keep them going from day to day.

In my youth I did not know the sacrifices my parents made to give me more than they had at my age. We were poor. But, Dad always made a few dollars seem like a million bucks. While I was complaining about what was in my sack, Dad was trying to making sure that sack did not leak. Now that I am raising my own family, I understand. Thanks, Dad.

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Something Fun For Father's Day: Draw your Dad 2010 contest sponsored by the Des Moines Register.

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