Being Woven

Father’s Day – 2016

MUSIC MEMORIES IN THE MIND OF MY WONDERFUL FATHER

Horace Williams, Jr. commented on a post here @ Being Woven (April 29, 2016/Memory’s Music) which so touched my heart.  It was in regards to the topic and the love he has for his father.  I have invited him to be my guest today.

In honor of Father’s Day, I welcome Horace Williams, Jr. of Pleasing to the Potter.

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My father is a wonderful man!  I am blessed to be his first born son and his namesake.  I have not written specifically about him on my site even though it was intended in the parent references I’ve made on several occasions.  My father and I have a very unique relationship but as I have grown older and wiser, my desire is to live like he lives in representing Jesus Christ.

Today, I want to share with you some highlights so you can know him a little better and then I will convey how music has impacted my father’s life and continues to do so.  Growing up as a child, I can remember my father and his love for classical music.  I did not really understand it at that time and I can remember thinking where are the words?  How can you listen to music with no words, I would ask myself?  Two of his favorite composers are Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

I admit as I got older I began to understand his affinity for classical music.  In fact, I am listening to one of my favorites (Tchaikovsky) right now as I type this.  He composed so many great pieces of music such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and my favorite, his Piano Concerto No. 1.  As a former piano player myself, I can only dream to have played like this, but I digress!  Now back to my father.  Here are some highlights to give you a “peek” into just who he is.

Fantastic facts about my Father:

Faithful Husband.  Dad and Mom celebrated their 50th wedding Anniversary this year!

Fantastic Father of five children.

Fortunate Grandpa to 11 amazing grandchildren.  I say fortunate because my parents had to be wondering if I would ever give them a grandchild.  I think my mom stopped asking me fifteen years ago!

Fluent in 4 languages. (at one time he was) English, Spanish, French, and German

First class Army Veteran.  Dad was a distinguished Army Captain of the MP’s during the time of the Vietnam War.

Former Pastor, Church planter, and Home Missionary.  It was during my dad’s time in the Army that He came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior and felt led to attend Bible College.  He then became a Home Missionary as God directed him to start a church.

Free Taxi Driver.  I can still remember either dropping me off or picking me up in the wee hours of the night from work regardless of how many hours he had worked that day.

Frequently Awkward Adviser.  I think because my father saw us as so different, he had a hard time figuring me out at times.  Although he always advised me in love growing up, our differences made it hard on him at times.  For example, I loved playing sports; he played in the band.  He loved Sci-fi movies and I prefer a great mystery or love story.  Oh, how I wish I had listened to those “awkward” conversations growing up.  Looking back now, they were filled with such Godly wisdom.

Fighting a difficult battle with the debilitating Alzheimer’s disease.  Yes, you read correctly.  My father now suffers from Alzheimer’s.  A few years ago my father was t-boned while driving my car as I was recovering from the stroke.  My car was totaled; he was okay, just a little shaken.  It was at that moment we wondered if there might be something wrong with the safest driver I have ever known.  I remember the day he told me his diagnosis was confirmed.  He kept repeating it to anyone who would listen… I have Alzheimer’s.  It broke my heart!

As I watch Alzheimer’s progressively attack my father’s brain, I go to God in prayer asking for peace in my father’s mind.  I do not understand the disease and I’m not sure anyone does.  I’ve read research articles and reports on the subject.  It was stated in one article that sometimes Alzheimer sufferers remember things buried in their heart.

 

I feel my father’s love when he greets me with a kiss and calls me by my name.  His love for music is still evident.  For our parent’s 50th anniversary, all of my siblings pitched in and we got them tickets to the symphony.  It was a performance of both Beethoven and Mozart.  My mom said he absolutely loved it!  He sat still for the entire two-hour performance and did not move a muscle!  (I would include a picture but they are all pretty dark.)

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Mom also plays the local classical music station when they are driving as too much talking seems to perturb him at times.  My father has always been a fan of the “old school” hymns.  He never really has been a fan of the contemporary Christian music.  He loves hymns like The Old Rugged Cross and How Great Thou Art.  One hymn that has special meaning and seems to have stayed with him through everything is My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.  It is a beautiful and inspiring hymn from the 1800’s, a song overflowing with hope in Jesus and our foundation in Him.

Just a few days ago we all went to visit our parents.  He sat down in the chair next to me and asked me how I was doing.  I told him I was feeling okay, but was having a little pain.  He looked me in the eye and recited the first verse of this song to me.  It was all I could do to keep from crying.  I got up and kissed him on the forehead as I whispered, I love you, Dad.  I’m not sure I will ever understand why this is happening to such a kind, loving, and brilliant man with a heart for God.  I trust my Father in Heaven and I ask Him that He bless my earthly father with peace of mind…even if it’s the few minutes of listening to or hearing his favorite songs.

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I’ve included a beautiful video of the song my dad recites to me every time he sees me.  I pray you are encouraged and inspired.  Please pray for my father and grace for my mother.

Blessings to you and yours,

Horace Williams Jr.

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Bio

I am a single, Christian man who loves the Lord Jesus with all his heart.  I am also the oldest of five siblings.  In the Summer of 2010, I suffered a devastating stroke that could have taken my life.  My entire left side was paralyzed due to a ruptured blood vessel in my brain!  However, God has given me a second chance and I want to glorify Him every day.  As my love for Christ grows deeper, it’s my desire to share my faith with others.  I pray you find help, inspiration, and encouragement as I share with you about the transforming power and love of God.

www.PleasingtothePotter.com

48 Comments

  1. inspiredtolivefully

    Even though it’s August and Father’s Day has since passed, the love conveyed in this post will never fade.

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    • Being Woven

      Thank you…you are right…this message never grows stale. My heart feels the same today as it did 50-60+ years ago. I love my father. I was blessed to have him even for such a short time.

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      • Linda, we got the 36 hour book for my mother and I gave her the other devotion you mentioned on Saturday. Please pray for her because she is fighting depression as she continues to love and care for my father. Thank you again for letting me share. Have a wonderful weekend and God bless you and yours!

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      • Being Woven

        Horace, bless you for loving your mother so beautifully. I am grateful that you have blessed her with both of those books. The devotional should help her in the heart and mind. The 36 Hour Day will help her to realize that she is not alone; that someone went before her and wrote a book that has answers that she so very much needs and can use to help both her walk these days and steps with your father.
        Yes, YES!! I am praying and will be holding her up to the Lord each day, every time I think of her as well. Thank you, for coming by and sharing with me. I so appreciate you, Horace. I also see that you are a new contributing writer on “Blessed Transgressions”. I am too.
        with love and care, ~ linda

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    • Amen! It breaks my heart as my father slowly deteriorates. I pray that God will give him peace as He struggles through this.

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      • Being Woven

        Yes, Horace, I pray for your father as well. I am so very sorry. It is sooooo hard to watch.
        Father, please care for this precious family of Yours. They are in such need of Your hand upon them each for the trials are huge, LORD. I pray Your peace upon Mr. Williams in these days. Give Him Your peace that passes ALL understanding yet a peace he once knew in his intimate walk with You. Hold Mrs. Williams near to Your heart that she will feel Your closeness in these trying days. Please lift all depression from her, giving her Your joy, LORD. I pray this for her. I lift Horace and his siblings to You as well for they are Your children and the children of Mr. and Mrs. Williams. They care so much about their parents and want to be there for each one and each other. Give them encouragement and strength to be able to give their mother these very pieces of You. Allow Mrs. Williams to open these two books to the very pages You have appointed for her today and each day to come. Bless her, Father. Give them each the love I am feeling for them each right now. Father, You know the tears I am shedding for them right now as I type. The keys are not so clears so guide my fingers. Thank You for catching each tear, LORD. I love YOu, LORD, for You love us through all days past, present, and future. In the Name of Jesus, I lift the Williams’ to You. Amen.

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      • inspiredtolivefully

        Horace,
        I have HOPE that the Holy Spirit who is able to do beyond what we can think or imagine is gently whispering to your Father. I pray the Spirit is ministering peace and comfort in ways we’ll never know or personally experience. You see, the truth is He will never leave nor forsake us so I TRUST He’s ministering to your Dad in a special way that only your dad can perceive. I pray your father remains spiritually sensitive and aware.

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  2. Dear Horace I got quite tearful reading about your dad. Such an amazing love in your family.I thank our Father in heaven for you and your family. Blessings.

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    • Thank you Nickyab. for the kinds words. I am blessed and thankful for my father. I thank my Heavenly father every day for the love of my father and my entire family. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. May God bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

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  3. Kim

    What wonderful words you shared about your father! Father’s are such huge influencers in their children’s lives–you are blessed friend! Thanks for sharing at #lifeislovely linkup!

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    • Thank you Kim for the visit and your comment. Yes my father definitely set a Godly example for me to follow. I am thankful the Lord has blessed me with him. Have a wonderful week and God bless!

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  4. Tears, Horace. I was brought to tears as I read your beautiful tribute to your father. No, we can’t always understand God’s plans, but isn’t it amazing how music – particularly worship music to his Lord – brings him such comfort. God is merciful even in that. Only God knows and understands what’s happening deep within us. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your amazing dad, your solid rock faith and one of my favorite hymns. Blessings to you and your family.

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    • Thanks Carlie. I’m so glad to read that you were moved by the post. After reading a preview of this, my baby sister asked me “was I trying to make her cry?” I was getting emotional myself as I finished writing it but I am blessed and thankful that Linda gave me the opportunity to share. Have a wonderful weekend and blessings to you as well!

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  5. What a beautiful tribute to your dad, Horace. I can only imagine it must be so hard to watch the devastation of Alzheimers. But, oh what joy in knowing that his faith secures a clear and certain future free from that disease. Thank you for sharing your love for him with us.

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    • Amen Tiffany! The saving grace which gives me peace is knowing that my father will have a healthy mind when we are all in Heaven together someday. We just show him all the love that we can while he is here with us. Thank you for the visit today. Enjoy the rest of your week, Blessings to you my friend!

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  6. Linda – thank you for spotlighting and letting Horace guest post this week.
    Horace – thank you for the great tribute to your dad and giving us a glimpse inside your family. It is always fun to know more about each other! Blessings to you both your neighbor today at #WomenWithIntention

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    • Debbie…thank you for your comment and kind words. I cannot thank Linda enough for the opportunity to share about my family. I was so inspired as I began to write about the man who has helped raised me. I thank God for the blessing of being his son and the example he has set for me. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Have a blessed week!

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  7. jerralea

    Horace, what a wonderful father you have! I think it would be comforting that he can still recite the words to such a beautiful and meaningful hymn. I’m thankful we can all stand on that solid Rock.

    Linda, thanks for linking up this great tribute to The Loft!

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    • Yes Jerralea, it does give me some comfort that songs which honor our Savior are still relevant in my father’s mind during his lucid moments. I am thankful that music gives him some peace at times. Thanks for the visit today. Have a wonderful week and may God bless you and yours!

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  8. Beautiful words of tribute!
    Blessings,
    Kamea

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    • Thank you Kamea. I also want to thank Linda for the opportunity to share about my father. My heart aches for him as his mind is being ravaged but I trust my Savior! Blessings to you as well..

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  9. Linda, thank you so much for sharing Horace with us. And Horace, thank you for sharing such sweet and inspiring insights about your dad. I can’t imagine the challenge it is for you to see your dad suffer the way he is, but knowing you like I do, I know that you are trusting God through all of it. I pray that the lucid moments, though few, will help you build many more special moments with him. Praying strength and grace for your mom as well.
    Hugs, my friend!
    Marva | sunSPARKLEshine

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    • Thank you Marva for your prayers as the lucid moments are taking place less and less each day for my father. I just want him to feel the love we have for him as a family and I ask God for peace in his mind and to keep a song in his heart! Blessings

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  10. A beautiful tribute. My grandmother is also dealing with Alzheimers – such a difficult thing. Found this post through Open Mic Monday at Cisneros Cafe.

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    • Thanks for the visit and your kind words Lydia. I agree Alzheimer’s is tragic. Sorry to hear about your grandmother. I’m thankful that my father knows the Lord as his Savior and I pray that God gives him peace in his mind. Thanks again for the visit. Have blessed week!

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  11. What a beautiful story and one that I’ll keep in my prayers. I loved that you shared this part of your father’s life. He seems like an incredible man. Thank you for your faithfulness in sharing him with us. I’m blessed that it was linked to Open Mic Monday for the soul at Cisneros Cafe. Have a blessed and beautiful week to all of you. ❤

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    • Thanks Carolina for your prayers! i have to thank Linda for asking me to share about my father. It was so rewarding to remember how much he has done for me and put into words here. Yes my father is the best! It hurts me that he has to live with the Alzheimer’s but I know God is watching over Him. Thanks again for the visit. Blessings to you and yours!

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  12. helloredds

    What a great tribute, Horace!
    You are blessed!
    I found your post today on Social Butterfly. Always a joy to “bump” into you!
    Hope you have a wonderful day today~
    Melanie

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    • Hello Melanie! It is always a pleasure to hear from you! I so glad you enjoyed the post about my father. I am thankful the Lord blessed me to be raised by such a Godly man. May I honor them both as I seek to live for Christ everyday. Thanks again for stopping by. Have a wonderful week and may God continue to richly bless you and yours in all your endeavors!

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  13. Lori @ Frog's Lilypad

    Horace, what a legacy your father has! Alzheimer’s families are special to me, because it is a debilitating disease that is hard to watch. I pray our family doesn’t have to go through Alzheimer’s again, but I know if we do, the Lord is in control and gives the strength that is needed.

    Linda, thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

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    • Thank you Lori for your encouragement. i just spent the afternoon at my father’s house today and he seems to be digressing since I saw him last. I pray daily for my mother and brother that are there with him every day. It is extremely difficult to watch someone you love so dearly experience the effects of this disease but like you said, God is in control! Thanks again for the visit and for sharing this post. Have a blessed Father’s Day with your family my friend!

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  14. Horace and Linda! What a treat to visit one friend and to find another there as well. Thank you for this inspiring tribute to a great and godly man.

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    • Thanks Michele for the visit and the kind words! I love my father dearly and my heart breaks as he suffers through this disease! Blessings to you and yours my friend!

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  15. You are one blessed son. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with us how inspiring your father us.

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    • Thanks For visiting Lux. Yes I feel so blessed to have been raised by such a wonderful man! God is good. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Blessings.

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  16. Your father sounds like such an amazing man, Horace. I’m glad you shared about him here. But I’m so sorry to hear about his Alzheimer’s. 😦 My mother died of Alzheimer’s a few years ago at the age of 71. It’s such a devastating disease. Praying for you, your siblings, your mom, and your dad.

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    • Thank you Lisa for kind words and your prayers! Yes it is such a horrific disease and you feel quite helpless at times. I’m thankful we can lean on God! So sorry about your mother. My father just turned 71 earlier this year. We feel blessed to still have him with us!

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  17. Ifeoma Samuel

    Dear Horace, I am not surprised why you turned out a fine young Christian man , I see where and how the foundation was laid.
    You are so blessed being raised by such a Godly man.
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. You have inspired me.
    Thank you Linda for sharing his lovely words here.

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    • Thank you Ifeoma for your encouragement. It is a testimony to God’s power to see where I am now in my relationship with Christ. It saddens me at times that my father cannot see the transformation that Christ has made in my life. I’m glad that you enjoyed this post. It has such special meaning to me. I cannot thank Linda enough for the opportunity to share about my dad! I want to live for Jesus Christ with the same love and humility as my father. Have a fantastic Friday and may God bless you and yours!

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  18. Oh Horace! What a beautiful testimony you have written about your father. Such a Godly man and what an impact he has had on your life, on those around you, and now we are benefiting in reading this poignant and sweet blog post.

    There was a Pastor at our old church who was in the throws of Alzheimers but he remembered all the hymns.

    I love the old hymns. They are rich in comfort, encouragement, and doctrine. It doesn’t surprise me that the Lord comforts His children who have Alzheimers to remember the great hymns.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

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    • Being Woven

      Karen, this is so encouraging to me as well. I love your words to Horace. I love the words about this possible way that the Lord comforts His children who have Alzheimer’s. Amen and amen! I have goose bumps and tears in just that thought.

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      • Thank you Karen for your kinds words and Linda again for the opportunity to share here on your site. I’m am blessed that you enjoyed the post! It can be scary at times when you share about your loved ones but I asked God to give me the words to express my love for my dad. I’m thankful that the music helps to soothe his mind at times and I cherish every moment with him. I hope you both have a fabulous weekend and blessings to you and yours!

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  19. Elaine

    What a wonderful story to read and be encouraged. There is always so much attention made on Mothers’ Day, ads from companies selling flowers, cards, candy, jewelry etc., and that isn’t a bad thing, but a Father plays such a vital role in the family unit, and very little attention is given to them. What a great tribute from a Son to his Father.

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    • Being Woven

      What a fine comment, Elaine. Thank you for your encouragement.

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    • Thank you Elaine for visiting and your comment. i was pleased when this post received my mother’s stamp of approval. In fact she sent me the pictures for this post! I love my father dearly and I am thankful for everything he has done for me. I pray God grants him peace in his mind. Thanks again for the visit and have a blessed weekend!

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  20. Being Woven

    Horace, I am so very thankful that you have given us each and all the privilege of knowing your family a bit more. Thank you for being my guest.

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  21. Thank you so much Linda for the opportunity to share about my father. It was such a blessing to think back and remember how God has blessed him. I am so thankful to be his son!

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