Dan Birchfield Saturday Sermon

SATURDAY SERMON by DAN BIRCHFIELD

Rev. Dan Birchfield is employed by Bristol Virginia Public Schools.  He is also a freelance writer.  He may be reached at dbirch@bvu.net.

Mother’s Day has already taken place, and with Father’s Day right around the corner, I felt it needful to pay homage to these two crucial figures who so influenced my life, and I dare say, influenced yours as well. Having kind and loving parents is awesome. And being a parent is a task worthy of careful and serious consideration. So great is this responsibility that there is no way we can overstate the importance of the job. As a sidebar, forget any notions you may have about the responsibility of being a parent ending when your kids grow up. They will still need you and they will continually be a major part of your daily thinking, especially when they fly from the nest and sail to other parts of the country and maybe even far away regions of the globe. We loved them, nurtured them, provided for them, taught them, and set an example for them. It’s now up to the fledglings to spread those wings and fly on their own.

We did our best. The rest lies between them and God, who we always pray is watching over them.

I so appreciate all my mom and dad taught me. My mom was rarely subtle about the life-lessons she was seeking to imprint upon my young and budding consciousness. Here is a sample of the wisdom mom instilled in me:

My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done:

“If you’re going to murder each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning the kitchen.”

My mother taught me how to pray:

“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

My mother taught me about time travel:

“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into next week!”

And my mother taught me about weather:

“This room of yours looks like a tornado went through it.”

My father, a steady, kind, and hard-working man, daily modeled for my brother and me the value of that old saying about the early bird catching the worm. Dad didn’t open our bed-room door when it was time to arise for another day of school, but rather, dad seemed to kick the door open as he simultaneously flipped on the overhead light while shouting at the top of his lungs, “GET UP, BOYS – YOU’RE GOING TO BE LATE! GET UP RIGHT NOW – GET UP!”

Those moments seem like yesterday. Now that my father walks with God, I long to hear his voice again. What a wonderful father and amazing man he was.

If your parents are still alive, let them know you appreciate them. If your children are still young, recommit yourself to investing your life into them. We only get one chance.

Make it a good one.

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Dan Birchfield is pastor of Greenfield Baptist Church in Meadowview, Virginia. He is also employed with Bristol Virginia Public Schools. He may be reached at dkbsoulman@gmail.com.

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