Remembering my dad, Giuseppe Lino…
A man who didn’t know my Father spoke at his funeral service. This was not my choice but that’s the way it happened. (Jesus said “my kingdom is not of this world” and therefore we pilgrims suffer.) The words spoken by this stranger were typical funeral formalities with bits of information given to him about my dad thrown in. The words spoken that day in no way revealed to anyone who my father was, the reality of his life, nor the battle that transpired for his soul. To the undiscerning my father was just an old man that died. But there was so much more to his life and death. I want to tell some of that story here.
My father first heard the Gospel when he was in his 70’s. He did not respond favorably. He did not like the conflict and division caused by God’s Word within the family. He was born in Italy where the Roman Catholic Church “rules” and he told me he had never before heard the words that I was sharing with him from the Bible! Even so, as a result of the Gospel witness he received, he began to read the the Scriptures, and that’s a very good thing.
My father never said the words I wanted so badly to hear … “Don’t worry about me, I am saved, and I will go and be with the Lord when I die. I’ll see you again on the other side.” He didn’t say that. Oh how I wanted him to say that, but he didn’t. I was disappointed, and the Lord knows that.
The Lord gave me such an intense love for my dad in his latter days. I believe it was truly a work of the Holy Spirit in my heart. My father heard God’s Word until his last dying hours. On a Sunday night in March, in the year 2010, on his death bed, a few short hours before my father entered eternity, my husband was whispering the Scriptures into his ear. And that is how it ended.
A Scripture came to mind as my father’s life was quickly coming to an end. That Scripture was… Psalm 89:1 – I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
I believe the Lord was saying … “Trust Me”. Surely I do trust Him.
God is good … all of the time.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.