Father’s Day will be observed tomorrow in the U.S. to celebrate and honor fathers. I am blessed to have known my father’s love and am thankful for my father and for my father-in-law.
Today I want to honor a father who left a legacy of children. He was Father to eight — two sons and six daughters. They are all living, all loving, and all faithful Christians. This kind of legacy gives me hope. This father was Elwood M. Foy (1916-1996) known as Mike Foy by many friends.
Mike met his parental responsibilities with help from Mary Frances, his faithful wife and the mother of his children. More importantly he looked to his heavenly Father and to Biblical instructions to guide his path as husband, father, and friend. He was blessed with success in these roles.
One son wrote poems to honor his dad’s example. His poetic tribute expresses that he can follow Jesus by following his dad, a wise and godly man. I can think of no better gift for a father to give his children!
MY EXAMPLE, MY DAD
I have seen faith and honesty walking the street.
I have seen self-respect and humility meet.
I have seen serving others stretched out to full length.
I have seen the true melding of meekness and strength.
I have seen self-control over what was deemed bad
As I watched through the years my example, My Dad.
(James Foy © 2016)
I’ve been taught ever since I was a kid
In this life, live as Jesus lived.
I may not know what Jesus would have done,
But I have Dad, the Guide God gave this son.
I have Dad, a wise and godly man,
And I can follow Jesus by following my dad.
(James Foy © 2016)
Happy Father’s Day to all fathers who love their children and who are loved by their children. You are blessed and are a blessing!
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” (Psalm 127: 3 – 5)
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103: 13)
“I will guide you in the way of wisdom, and I will lead you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, and when you run, you will not stumble.” (Proverbs 4: 11, 12)
My opinion is that anytime is a good time for beautiful songs by world renown tenor, Andrea Bocelli. Last week I thoroughly enjoyed his concert, “BELIEVE: Live in Malta” on the PBS television series, “Great Performances.”
Andrea’s song choices and candid conversation reflected his personal “faith, hope, and optimism.” Impressive scenes of Malta’s churches, beaches, sunsets, and more accompanied the music.
Andrea explained the location, “Today Malta stands as an example of rebirth after such a troubled history as it has experienced. Today it teaches us that there is always hope that we can overcome any situation even the most difficult.”
Andrea perfectly performed the following songs: “Gratia Plena,” “Angele Dei,” “Ave Maria,” “Oh, Madre Benedetta,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Fratello Sole, Sorella Luna,” “Pianissimo” (with Cecilia Bartoli), “Hallelujah,” and “Inno Sussurato.”
I especially appreciated the inclusion of “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It reminded me that I will never walk alone in Life. That means not alone through perilous times of pandemic and never alone without my Source of faith, hope and love as Guide.
If you missed this meaningful concert, you may view it online. I am thankful for the gift that Andrea Bocelli shared with us. As always I loved hearing his extraordinary vocal talent and was blessed by his testimony that he believes in sharing faith, hope, and optimism. Bocelli’s reasons for his beautiful concert are the same as my own reasons for this blog. May you share them in your life, too.
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14: 1)
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8, 9)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3: 5, 6)