Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today's Spiritual Message: Father's Day

This Father's Day, I want to share the lyrics to one of my favorite hymns:

O my Father, thou that dwellest
In the high and glorious place,
When shall I regain thy presence
And again behold thy face?
In thy holy habitation,
Did my spirit once reside?
In my first primeval childhood
Was I nurtured near thy side?

For a wise and glorious purpose
Thou hast placed me here on earth
And withheld the recollection
Of my former friends and birth;
Yet ofttimes a secret something
Whispered, "You're a stranger here,"
And I felt that I had wandered
From a more exalted sphere.

I had learned to call thee Father,
Thru thy Spirit from on high,
But, until the key of knowledge
Was restored, I knew not why.
In the heav'ns are parents single?
No, the thought makes reason stare!
Truth is reason; truth eternal
Tells me I've a mother there.

When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on high?
Then, at length, when I've completed
All you sent me forth to do,
With your mutual approbation
Let me come and dwell with you.

(O My Father, LDS Hymn #292.)

Often, I feel like we've lost an appreciation for God, at all, let alone as our literal Father.  Today, I want to testify that we are, as Paul said, His "offspring" (Acts 17:29), His children.  I witness that His greatest achievement lies not in the creation of earths, universes, or cosmoses, but in aiding our progression to become as He is:
For behold, this is my work and my glory -- to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39).
Thus, like our Father-in-heaven, my greatest joy, here on earth (and next to being married to my wife) is to raise and love my sweet daughter and other future children, in some tiny degree, as He loves and raises you, me, and all of us.


mums said...

I am grateful for your way with the pen and composing.

I appreciate your spiritual insights and your readiness to share them.

Thanks for being a dad!

Cougar Abogado said...

You're welcome, and thanks for reading and commenting.

Fletch said...

Busting out a hymn. Good times. I took a flower from our garden to Dad on Father's Day. Hope he enjoyed it.

Cougar Abogado said...

Glad you enjoyed the post.

Thanks for doing that, I would have enjoyed being there, and I'm sure dad appreciates the gesture (assuming he's taken time to pause and think about/notice it, yet).

Christy said...

I enjoyed the post and I still need to post pictures from Father's Day! I am catching up though.

Cougar Abogado said...

Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, line upon line.