On Sabbath, June 1, 2019, we plan to honor fathers a little early for Father’s Day. We are asked to bring a dad to Sabbath School and church and the Fellowship Dinner afterwards. I am hoping my neighbor will come, but I haven’t asked him yet. We are also to bring a picture of our father and label it so everyone will know whose father he is. If you are a “dad” please come and bring your family.
My father, Harry Vernon Wiant, was a very special man. He was a teacher in one room schools, ending his career in the Burnsville High School, teaching in the upper grades. (We were very fortunate to have 12 years of schooling in the same building and I even had my dad as a teacher for math in the eighth grade.) My father’s character traits, among others, were love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Yes, he truly did have ALL the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) is a, in his one sweet self.
Ask any of his former students (or any of his own children) and they would probably say they loved him and felt that he loved them. They will remember feeling love from him in his teasing and joking and laughing manner that brightened the lives of everyone he knew, bringing joy to lives. Peace would describe my dad. He hated controversy. He promoted peace. Impatience was only evident if students and family were tardy, slow at work, etc., but he was a worrier, so his patience grew thin in the face of laziness, dishonesty, lying, unfairness, etc., and he would try to help opponents reach a peaceful settlement.
Gentleness showed his strength. He hunted for food and sport, but at times showed how gentle he truly was by carrying a spider outside rather than crush and kill it. I think “goodness” is the word that best described Dad. Many comments from former students thought of him as their favorite teacher, and some said he was the only person they had ever known who nobody ever had anything bad to say about. I can add another characteristic of Dad that you may think is unbelievable; Dad never said anything derogatory about anyone, EVER.
His faith in God and steadfast adherence to honesty, justice and all the other Christian virtues has left me and my siblings, and many students, a legacy of understanding our Heavenly Father’s love.
I will skip our Fundamental Doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (Number 14, The “Church.”)