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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)

TITLE: Mark the Blameless Man
By Hope Grizzard


Mark the Blameless Man
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Psalms 37: 37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright;
For the future of that man is peace. ( NKJV)

Many families do not know the peace of GOD. The Fathers and Mothers are on drugs or an alcoholic, abusive and the children have never heard their parents tell them, “I love you, Honey.”

Sometimes children are told, ”I love you”, and to sexually abuse, those wee ones even into their teens. They are also told not to tell anyone of their love, because other people would not understand it.

I personally have never had to live this type of childhood. I had a Daddy that loved his family as well as GOD. He loved to sing the praises and was the Director of Music in our church.

HE had a wonderful disposition and such a winning smile. He loved to tell nice jokes. I never heard he say any profanity or even raise his voice. He was not an alcoholic drinker.

So many wonderful memories have filled my mind and heart about the good family times we had. He could fix most anything in repair or build from scratch.

As a young child, I had to memorize the birth of JESUS from the passage of Luke. As I was rehearsing before my parents, they were very attentive. When I had completed my part, Daddy hugged me, “That was wonderful, Hon. Now I have to get out of here before I start crying.”

Working for his family to support them was important to Daddy. I have seen him hobble down the alley to his place of work, a textile mill, after disc and hip injury.

The beginning scripture says to mark the blameless man. Well as wonderful and perfect as I thought my Daddy was he truly was not blameless. He did make mistakes and always asked forgiveness for it.

The wonderful truth of my Daddy was that his nickname was Mark, short for Marcus. Therefore, I consider him marked and there was peace in the home.

Ephesians 6: 4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Training children according to the scriptures is right in the sight of GOD. Teach them to love GOD, their parents, and rest of the family. The best way to teach them is to live according to the scriptures yourself so they will have a model.
Fathers should not provoke their children unto anger. If you abuse them, they will be angry at your actions.

My Daddy has already gone to be with the LORD. Yet, he still lives within my heart and memories.

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Dee Yoder 04/17/08
You pointed out some important spiritual truths about being a Godly and loving dad. Your memories of your dad are very special; my dad is a good man, too, and I'm just as grateful as you that I was blessed with him! You wrote a wonderful tribute for your dad.
Jan Ackerson 04/18/08
This started out a bit rough for me (some of your early sentences were confusing), but when you got into the tribute to your father, it found its stride.