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A Christian Dad - C.A. "Bus" Young


"The earth is the LORD'S and everything in it" (NIV)..."The earth is the LORD''S and the fullness thereof" (KJV)

In my last devotional of September 21, I told you that I was driving to KS to be with my wife and her family as they attended to their father. On September 23, he passed away, just a month shy of two years since the passing of his wife of over 60 years. If you will indulge me, I would like to write this devotional as a tribute to him.

In my life, three men have served as mentors to me. My own dad ushered me into adulthood. My first minister, Anicieto Sparagna, taught me about being a Christian and the importance of a relationship with the Lord. Jane's father, who I was proud to call dad, was my role model of a Christian father and husband. I NEVER remember a meal at the Young table that did not begin with a prayer. If dad gave it, it was more than a perfunctory, "bless this food and the hands that prepared it." It contained words to God that dealt with things that were going on in the family and, and petitions to God for friends. Dad was a farmer. As I rode in a combine harvesting soybeans with the young man farming dad's land this past week, I learned more about the complexity and hard work that it takes to be a good farmer. Dad was that! I think that he believed today's verse about the earth being the LORD'S, and farmed the land thusly. He turned God's land into wheat, milo, soybeans and alfalfa.

The rest of the verse says; "the world, and all who live in it." Dad had a genuine interest in people. I remember being with him once in a small restaurant, and him conversing with men that he had never met. He had the knack of putting people at ease and feeling comfortable. To me however, his most important legacy is his family. As he enriched the earth with crops, he and his wife Esther enriched the earth with five responsible, loving and caring children. All of them were with him as he died in his own bedroom, assuring him that all was well. They learned "Honor thy father and mother" in the home, and carried it out in caring for their parents in their declining years. As another tribute, all nine grandchildren made it to the farm, as they had in many visits over the years with their parents and on their own. A visit with grandpa and grandma become a treasured memory. On the evening before the funeral, we had a sharing session together. It was an evening that I will never forget as we laughed and cried over stories we had heard many times and some for the first time.

As I close, I am reminded of the Israelites crossing the Jordan into the promised land. God instructed Joshua to have one of each of the twelve tribes take a stone from the Jordan and make a memorial. It would be to remind their children of what went on there. As each of us visit the farm, even if it is only in our hearts, we will always remember who was there and what they meant to us, and what went on there.

Have a wonderful week...Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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