The Legacy of My Father

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

Psalm 103:13 NIV 

This will be a very different Father’s Day for me this year. It will be the first time that I have celebrated a Father’s Day without my earthly father. It will be very different as I will miss the rituals of purchasing a card for him and then reading it to him and making him his favorite foods for Father’s Day. So as I search to find my new norm as it relates to my Daddy, I have decided to celebrate the Legacy of Alexander D. Coger on Father’s Day. 

What is his legacy? First, my father loved the Lord with all of his heart, mind and soul. I see him sitting at the piano playing hymns and singing. I see him studying the Word of God and so zealously sharing it with others. He was a servant leader at heart and he served until his body would no longer let him. Secondly, my father loved his family. My, how he loved and cherished his wife with all of his heart. Yes, they had ups and downs but in the end, they were two people who loved each other for nearly 70 years. He loved his children, his great grandchildren, his great-great grandchildren and his great-great-great grandchildren! They all put a sparkle in his eyes. Lastly, my father had a heart of compassion. He cared so very much for others. He cared for the down and out, for those who were in prisons and those lost to the world. He prayed EVERY night on his knees for those who had no place to sleep, those behind prison walls and for those without food to eat. 

Yes, this Father’s Day will be different and I will miss my “Daddy.” So during the Father’s Day weekend, I will celebrate my father’s legacy by worshipping God, spending time with my family and working in the community. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful memories of an awesome Dad.

Article By: Rev. Valerie Pearson                                                             Photo: Father of Rev. Valerie Pearson