Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day 2011

I am up early on my front porch, thinking and praying about many things. As I was praying, I thought of my Dad and began to give thanks for him as my Father. Below are some of the great memories I have of him.

- Thankful to be the son of Oscar Woodall, a very tall man. I am glad I am 6.3"...not as tall as the Werner men. ;-)
(Sorry Brian, but you make up for it in heart, brains, drive, money and more. ;-)
- He moved our family to London in 1965. What a ride!
- He was saved in December, 1966 at 40. Turned the trajectory of the Woodall family around.
- He introduced us to Bud Hinkson who led me to Christ in Nov. 1968.
- We travelled the world, and I mean the world, because of him.
- He introduced me to "powerful" men...CEO's of global companys like Exxon/Mobil, Gulf Oil, Chase Bank etc.
- He challenged me to go to Bible College for a year which forever changed my life. It was there that I met Debbie who has been the best wife, friend, lover, Mom, Grandmother, artist and friend these past 36 years.
- He challenged me to set goals and be a leader and a spiritual leader of our home.
- He was faithful to my Mom...I never saw his eyes stray and look at another woman. This impacted me greatly.
- He loved his children and grandchildren...He sought to teach and train us all the best he knew how.
- He loved to tell corny jokes to make us laugh.
- He resigned business and came to FBC as well. He did not just talk about God, he acted on his faith.
- He loved the Word of God...especially his King James Bible. ;-)
- He loved lost people. I have never met an evangelist like him.
- He really would "go anywhere, at any time, to tell lost people how to be saved."
- He started a men's ministry in Reston which would be seeds for my calling to reach men.
- He loved taking us to the rescue mission to love and care for the homeless and broken people.
- He loved singing the great hymns of the faith..."I Stand Amazed in the Presence of Jesus the Nazarene..."
- He was fearless, bold and courageous. ( I will never forget going to the prisons and meeting Ted Bundy on death row)
- He was generous...not only helping us get our first homes but always slipping us 20.00/50.00 bills for gas and miscellaneous.
- He loved to minister to all groups of people...the "up and outers" and the "down and outers."
- He was excellent in business...#1 salesman for Metropolitan Life Insurance...very driven indeed.
- He was excellent in real estate and his investments.
- He prepared Mom to be a widow and he prepared her well.
- He finished his race well...He loved the apostle Paul who wrote in 2 Tim.4.5-9...But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Dad, I am not sure what people do in heaven, but if you are looking down today, we all want to say thanks for all you did to help us love the Lord with all our hearts and to love His Word. We are all forever changed because of you.

Happy Father's Day.

A beloved Son

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