This is my Father’s World

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My Dad couldn’t hear. As a POW during WWII in Nazi Germany, he developed an untreated ear infection which hindered his ability to hear. He always wore a “headband” style hearing aid and my friends thought he looked distinguished. I thought he was handsome.

Dad and I enjoyed attending football games together and he was always attentive as I talked incessantly. One day, I looked over before the game started to see him turn off his hearing aid. It was a subtle gesture but I realized he was pretending to listen to me while enjoying the game. I wasn’t mad – I thought it was genius.

In fact, I continued to talk to Dad throughout the game and for the rest of his earthly days. Dad was my favorite talking partner. We could solve the problems of the world on a lazy afternoon in our rocking chairs over a glass of sweet tea.

Dad gets to chat with Jesus now. His hearing is restored and everything is new again. I talk to Jesus all the time and ask him to watch over Dad and Mom.

I know Jesus hears everything. What a wonderful Savior. What a wonderful Father.

This is my Father’s world,

and to my listening ears

all nature sings, and round me rings

the music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world:

I rest me in the thought

of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;

his hand the wonders wrought.

 

This is my Father’s world,

the birds their carols raise,

the morning light, the lily white,

declare their maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world:

he shines in all that’s fair;

in the rustling grass I hear him pass;

he speaks to me everywhere.

 

This is my Father’s world.

O let me ne’er forget

that though the wrong seems oft so strong,

God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world:

why should my heart be sad?

The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!

God reigns; let the earth be glad!

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