A different Father's Day

This year was the 51st Father's Day at the same house for our family. We have many great memories. A variety of games including volleyball have been part of the routine. A great meal including grilled hamburgers, steak, chicken and hot dogs have been standard. Twenty-five to 30 family members usually get together. But this year was the last one. We are leaving the old homestead where all five of our children grew up. We are leaving a rather large house and beautiful yard.

Leaving this home behind has not be easy to plan. Why move? Two important factors played a part. It has been 30 years since our youngest graduated from North High School. Two of us do not need four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Also we have watched our neighborhood as one in a household has become disabled and passed on to their eternal home. The survivor, usually a widow, is left. Our street has experienced several of these. Eyesight and health start to go. We did not want that to become our situation.

Yes, June 20, 2010 was a bitter sweet day. But then we should always remember who we are. We are foreigners, pilgrims and sojourners in a foreign land if we have believed the Lord, given ourselves to Him and invited Him into our hearts and lives. We are just traveling through for a short stay on Planet Earth. Heaven is our real home. We are admonished in God's Word to travel light in this life.

The only perfect example of how we should live was our Lord when He lived on earth. In my opinion the second best was probably the Apostle Paul. We used to sing an old chorus, "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace." Yes, 2231 Penn Place will simply be our next temporary address.

As we came together my prayer for each of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren was, and is, that they all prepare to make earth their temporary home. It is also my prayer that they totally give their lives to God and make the new heaven and the new earth their eternal home.

Yes, June 20, 2010 was a bitter sweet Father's Day on this temporary journey, but it was only a temporal day.

For the 2010 Club, July 4 takes us to Job 30 and Acts 12.

Crist Langelett, known to North St. Paul and Maplewood readers as a longtime Review columnist, is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in his local church and in civic groups.