Dear Dad,

How I wish I could sit and talk to you.  It has been some 17 years since we laid you to rest and I miss you more today than the day we buried you.  You were a prince of a man and I Family circa 1984speak often of you to my sons.

You had many terrific qualities, not the least of which was your most inquisitive mind.  Your thirst for understanding and your willingness to question things led you to several inventions and to find many unorthodox solutions to perplexing problems. I remember you telling me one time that to occupy your mind on the mail route you would intentionally ponder ‘out of the box’ solutions for known problems.  In particular, that day you said you were trying to come up with multiple different ways to supply power to a rotating warning horn, an odd, but challenging mental exercise.  As with most things, you weren’t satisfied that the best answer had been arrived at.

Maybe it was was your minor in philosophy that made you question, or maybe it was because you loved hard questions that you minored in philosophy, but either way you sought truth, no matter where it took you, and that made you very special.  I never realized how incredibly special until the last several years.

It was not until very shortly after you died that I began to hear of a now legendary list of questions you carried in your Bible.  -Questions about or from Scripture that perplexed you.  That list is what I would most especially love to sit down and talk with you about.  Even now, I don’t know what was on it, but I bet I could answer a few of those questions and ask you some even more interesting questions.

You see, about five years ago God started asking me some really hard questions of the Scriptures.  Maybe it is a good thing that you weren’t around at that point because nobody else had answers and I was forced into the text, but today, I cannot think of a more invigorating discussion than to share what I have learned and am learning with you.  Because you were never afraid to think and ask hard questions, you would love to sit at the table for this discussion in the Scriptures.  Not so with everybody else from home…  even my own siblings.  It takes less than one hand to count the number of people who pursued me asking for interaction, even if only to seek to correct me.  Most ran from me.  You would have had the coffee pot on and invited me over, or would have surprised me on my doorstep…  over and over until you understood, even if we didn’t agree.  I miss that.

You were special.  Not only did you understand that you didn’t have all the answers; you were willing to dig deeper.  In fact, you reveled in the pursuit of truth until the pieces all fit together. I still do not have all the answers, but can guarantee you that I understand much more than I ever did when we had those fun probing conversations.  I can probably even answer some of those questions you carried in your Bible.

We’ll meet again and we will have that conversation over coffee.  I can’t wait.  There is so much I wish to share with you.  I just wish I had learned it sooner…

I love and miss you,

Peter

 

About Pete Rambo

Details in 'About' page @ natsab.wordpress.com Basically, husband of one, father of four. Pastor x 11 years, former business and military background. Micro-farmer. Messianic believer in Yeshua haMashiach!
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9 Responses to Dear Dad,

  1. Peggy Shockey says:

    This was precious. Thank you for sharing with us!
    Blessings and Shalom!

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  2. Awesome, heartfelt story!

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  3. Tom Washburn says:

    Wow … Good Heritage!!! This sure did bring back some memories. My father passed away when I was just 10 … and he was a fine man. My mother raised us four boys, and she is a saint! And yet, we walk a different path than they walked. Here is a link to a letter I wrote to my mom in 1998. It was published in an old magazine we used to help put out called Messianic Home.

    http://messianichome.com/articles/1998/fall/aletterhome.htm

    Even though our parents did not, or have not yet, followed in the path we have chosen, we still need to honor them for all the Scriptural truths they did teach us. Shalom to your hearts and home, Tom

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  4. Theunsie says:

    Pete, you speak the words of my heart. I also had a dad like that, and I know he would be in all of this. I think the time for the people of YHVH was not right. We were born for a time like this and I am positive that if my dear pappa was here on earth now, he would hve teach us a few things. Keep up the good work brother, your kids also hve a great legacy in you. Shalom

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  5. Peter says:

    Pete,

    I love that he had a list of Bible questions! There’s no better quality than a heart that thirsts for the knowledge of the L-rd!

    Thank you, Pete, for continuing in the path of your father. We are continually blessed by your father’s legacy that lives in you. May the L-rd richly reward your family!

    Shalom,

    Peter

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  6. Sue in Aqaba says:

    Looking forward to having that conversation with my mother, the female version of your dad!

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  7. Good letter brother. My dad is still alive and I would so love to have that kind of conversation. Unfortunately he’s, at this time, not willing. Lori and I were able to have a very fruitytful conversation last night with her step mom who came to visit too tyre to understand what brought on “the change” in our walk. Good stuff 😁!
    We love you guys!!

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  8. Raymond smith says:

    I am trying to understand what the actual mark of the beast will be do you have a video discussing that topic

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