"Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord." Psalm 128:1-4
On May 29, 1989, my father passed away of a massive heart attack. It is a day that I have never forgotten. It changed my life forever. My dad was gone. Looking back over the years, I have realized something more. I had a dad who loved me, my brothers, and my mom. He loved me for nearly 16 years. My dad also loved God. I saw it in everything he did. He prayed with us. He studied his Bible. He sang at church. I have come to realize that it wasn't really the day, May 29, 1989, that changed my life forever. It was my dad. He changed my life forever. It's my dad that I have never forgotten. His fear of the Lord was passed on to me and my brothers. The fruit of his labor is still making a difference in the lives of my mom, myself, and my brothers. At times, I find myself saying the same things he said, even doing some of the same things he did. I still love the Dodgers, win or lose...just like he did. I still love going to the ballpark to watch my kids play ball...just like he did. I still love working in my yard...just like he did. I love my wife and kids...just like he did. I miss my dad's presence in my everyday life, but I am thankful for his influence and impact that continues to be with me today. Thank you, dad, for being a great dad! Thank you, dad, for loving me and teaching me all that you did! And thank you, Father, for blessing me with my dad. Thank you, Father, for allowing me the opportunity to be a good dad today to my kids because of the great dad I had all those years ago. May 29 is just another day on a calendar full of days. But there will never be another John Daniel Thomas, Sr.! He was a one-of-a-kind husband and father!!!