"My dad has a simple but powerful faith. The thing I remember most was the way he always prayed—no pious jargon, just simple talk as if God were there in the room with us. He never pleaded with God. He simply made his requests known, gave thanks, and left it at that. It seemed to me that he never doubted God would answer his prayers. Over the years I hope I've been able to manifest the same kind of simple trusting faith. God sees. God hears. God cares."  ~~ Wayne, a dad.

 

This past June, as the tour group I was traveling with trekked across the Holy Land-Israel-we came to the ancient ruins of Hazor in the north.

 

Hazor, now an archeological site where "digs" continue to uncover exciting historical "treasure," is one of the many tells in Israel. (A tell is an ancient mound in the Middle East composed of remains of successive settlements.) When the first Hazor fell, burned by the fires of Joshua and the conquering army of Israel, it was later rebuilt. Destroyed again, it was rebuilt again, until finally the land just sort of grew over the destruction.

 

As our touring team of six climbed down into the different levels of Hazor, thereby seeing various times of civilization, we finally came to what had once been the king's palace where a piece of blue tarp now covers the soot covered walls. Get this:  the soot covered walls. The flames from Joshua's fire was so powerful, that all these thousands of years later, the tell-tell signs remain.

 

That evening, after the touring was done for the day, I wrote in my journal: As a Spirit-filled Christian, the Holy Spirit's fire dwells with me.  A power...a force...a guiding light that encourages me, strengthens me, comforts me and so much more. A fire, surely, that has left its mark on my life. If someone should find the "remains" of this body thousands of years from now, will the "soot" from the Holy Spirit still be there? Will the people say, "The Holy Spirit burned with such intensity in her life...look, the ashes still cling to the ruins”?

 

Now, dads, let me ask you this question: are you known more by your relationship to your children, or to your Heavenly Father? What evidences will be found on your "remains" thousands of years from now?

 

Joseph's Story

 

Joseph of Nazareth is known by several factors.

 

      He was the son of Jacob.

      He was a carpenter.

      He was a "just man."

      His wife's name was Mary.