On September 14, 2004, just six days after my 25th birthday, I received the news that my father had passed. Even seventeen years later, as Father’s Day rolls around, it can be quite difficult to muster the strength to celebrate when my earthly father is no longer here. I am nearing more years without his presence than with. And as I reflect on his loss, I am reminded of his legacy.

As I grew older, my father and I would have very intellectual conversations. He would challenge my ideas and encouraged me to do the same. We would also harmonize some of our favorite songs, and tell each other “dad jokes"-- we loved to share hardy laughs between us. He would tell me how proud of me he was, made me promise to pursue my passions, and would constantly remind me how alike we were—good, bad, and otherwise—when he’d say, “baby girl, you’ve got it honest.”

He passed before I married the love of my life, before he was able to witness the greatness of his grandchildren, before he could watch me pursue the things that burned within me with urgency, before he could see his legacy actualized. But in the time we spent together, he didn’t miss the opportunity to generously pour into the hope of my tomorrow.

While my earthly father was not perfect, his example helped me to grip tightly to the relationship I have with Christ. Through prayer, reading the Bible, and service for God’s Kingdom, I have been able to see my Heavenly Father’s love actualized. His lovingkindness towards me is the salve when the pain of loss is more than I can bear alone. And as I reflect on the gain of spiritual connectedness with my Creator, I am reminded of the legacy of His word.

And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory. And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:11-13

by Danielle Boardley
Danielle, along with her husband Dominic and children, moved to NJ in April 2014 and began attending Kingsway shortly thereafter. Quickly accepting the invitation to go through Growth Track, they learned more about the church, their spiritual strengths, and landed on the Worship Arts team. Danielle values spending quality time with her family and finding ways to express herself creatively. Joining the Kingsway blog team was yet another exciting opportunity to serve through creative expression. Her love of writing began in her youth when she was introduced to the works of Maya Angelou. Inspired by her prose, Danielle published a book of poetry in 2007.




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