May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14, NIV).
These words are very familiar to me. I remember hearing them before every Sunday sermon that my Dad preached. I do not remember wondering about their origin while I was growing up. I heard them as a prayer both for the congregation and for the preacher. While I don’t preach on a regular basis in my current role, I believe that this prayer from the Psalms while be part of the regular ritual when I am in a role of preaching every week.
My wife, Nicole, and I are expecting our first child in January. I am looking forward to the Dad Life, however I am not sure I’m looking forward to exactly what is depicted in this hilarious video.
As I am starting off the new year, I wanted to take some time to share how proud I am of close family members. I have shared life with each one in a special way and each has taught me how to live. I am going to start with my dad.
My dad, Mark Conard, is a great dad and an excellent United Methodist pastor. I am proud of the way that he leads congregations. I see in him a constant desire to do the best that he is able for all of God’s people. He has a passion for the people of Zimbabwe and that the churches of which he is a part will take the next step in faith. I have learned a lot about ministry from his experience and will continue to learn from him.
Beyond that, he is a great dad – supportive, caring, fun. I appreciate the way that he has supported me through the years in many different days. I hope to be a dad like him one day.
Happy Father’s Day to my dad Mark Conard! When we are together, I am often told that we look similar and I always thank people for the compliment. He has taught me a lot about what it means to be a man, a pastor, leader, how to love, care and truly welcome everyone. From when I was little through today and into the future he continues to be an inspiration to me. Thanks for being a great dad!