Sunday, June 20th is Father’s Day! It is a day set aside to honor fathers, and to celebrate paternal bonds. While I remember giving my Dad Old Spice cologne as a kid, T-Mobile is offering free cell phones on this Father’s Day. Man, how times have changed!
My Dad, Horace R. Lillard, Jr. (June 19, 1925 – April 5, 2008) was a remarkable man. He was from Beckley, WV. While in the U. S. Navy, Dad served in the Pacific Theatre during WW II. He retired from the Navy, and worked for years at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA. In addition, Dad was a professional musician (alto and tenor saxophonist), descended from a line of musicians. Most importantly, he was Dad, the husband of his wife, Rev. Dr. Rosetta C. Lillard, and the father of four sons, Ronnie, Kenny, Calvin, and Carlton.
What I remember best about my Dad was his love for people, and how much people loved him back. Dad possessed that rare gift of friendship, and never knew a stranger. Now, that’s a gift that we all can use! Jesus taught “love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 19:19). I thank the Lord that my Dad eventually was saved. He always made people feel welcomed, comfortable and valued. I honor my Dad’s memory for his fatherly love, and for teaching me the invaluable life lessons of friendship, and service to others!
Father’s Day is a reminder that we all have a Father in Heaven, who loves and cares for us more than we even know. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!
Until next time, remember, you can do all things thru Christ Jesus!