Posts Tagged ‘Reflection’

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Father’s Day 2011

June 19, 2011

As each year goes by I find I have more and more in common with my Father. This past October my Father turned 70 and in January I turned 35. For whatever reason I never really thought about the time span in our ages. It was not until Friday early morning that this popped in my head. Roughly 8 hours after witnessing the birth of my fifth child Jillian. My dad was just about 35 years of age when he welcomed me into the world.

What I have come to find out is that in very interesting way our lives parallel each other. We both grew up with very strong father figures who equipped us with scriptures and a zest for education. We both married “very” strong willed, God fearing women. We both held church leadership offices shortly before heading to seminary. We both enrolled at Concordia Seminary after other employment.

As I look back over the past 35 years, I see more traits of my father and grandfather in me. Two men with whom God has worked through to spread His ministry. Mannerisms, sayings, and demeanor’s are present in both of us. When I look in the mirror these days, I see an updated version of my father. I would guess that is the wish of most sons… To see his father’s life and hope to emulate him. It is my hope that I can continue to be the father to my children that my father was to my sister and I.

I grew up in what most would call “one of the ghettos of Cleveland.” I am a 35 year old, God fearing, husband of one wife, father of five children, never dabbled in drugs, and not only finished high school, but college and half way through grad school. My grandfathers and more importantly my father set the example for the way to live life.

So, today I stare at the statistics with a triumphant smirk. Acknowledging my role model and my blessing from God; My Father. Happy Father’s Day Rev. Hosea J. Ekong

I believe my sister said it best: Some say that your relationship with your earthly father helps to formulate your first image of God… I am thankful to both of my Fathers for always Protecting, Providing and Supporting me.

It is my desire to pass these lessons on to my children…

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15 Years Ago

March 5, 2009

****15 YEARS AGO (1994)****
HOW MUCH HAVE YOU CHANGED IN 15 YEARS?
1) How old were you? 18
2) Who were you dating? Michelle Greene
3) Where did you work? Mr.. Hero
4) Where did you live? Cleveland with parents and then Timmy Dorm @ Concordia University (then College)
5) Where did you hang out? various rooms/dorms and Cardinal’s Nest
6) Did you wear contacts and/or glasses? Both
7) How many piercings did you have? none
8) What kind of car did you drive? none, poor college student
9) Had you been to a real party? A few
10) Had you had your heart broken? several
11) Were you Single/taken/Married/Divorced? single
12) Any Kids? No
**** 10 years ago 1999
1) How old were you? 23
2) Who were you dating? No one 🙂 See Number 9
3) Where did you work? ICNet, Inc.
4) Where did you live? Ypsilanti – Evergreen Pointe apartments
5) Where did you hang out? Andy & Michelle’s apartment, John’s apartment, and Concordia gym.
6) Did you wear contacts and/or glasses? both
7) How many piercings did you have? 1 the correct ear
8) Had your heart broken? Not anymore 🙂
9) Were you Single/Taken/Married/Divorced? Married
10)Any Kids? No.
11)What kind of car did you have? Pontiac Grand Am, Mazda Pickup
****TODAY (2009)****
1) Age? 33
2) Where do you work? Verizon Business from my home office
3) Where do you live? Livonia
4) Do you talk to your old friends? Surprising I keep up with a lot of folks. Even more now that facebook is available.
5) How many piercings do you have? none
6) What kind of car do you have? Dodge Ram 2500 Quad-Cab 4×4 (aka Big Fruck)
7) Had your heart been broken? Yes, but only due to the loss of loved ones.
8) How many kids? 4 3 girls, 1 boy
9) Are you Single/Taken/Married/Divorce? Married.