As I write this entry, I remember my dad’s passing 8 years ago. I know so many of you have similar experiences - specific dates of the year that set off memories of a loved one who has passed. Often such remembering brings to mind a person’s more pronounced qualities or personality traits. When it comes to my father, one thing I recall is his fondness for listening to other people’s stories. I also remember his delight in retelling those stories around our supper table, especially if the original story-teller had shaped their anecdote into a particularly tall tale. Interestingly, through later conversations about my dad shared after his passing, I learned that people had reached out to him in moments of crisis. When there were deeper, sometimes troubling things needing to be shared, people sensed that with my dad they had keen and trustworthy listener.
“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:3)- EGN