My father passed on January 20, 2018, at the age of 83. He was with his loved ones. I infinitely appreciate all of the support and love I’ve received from countless friends and loved ones. Please pray for my family during this time.
Everything I know about God and parenting, my father taught me. Growing up, he used to make me go to church every single Sunday. Like most kids, I thought it was stupid at the time and would’ve preferred to play outside with friends. Looking back, I am grateful. My father taught me to bend a child’s will, but not to break their spirit. He passed on many great qualities to all of his children; I can never measure up to the man he was. He fought the good fight.
He is with his wife Glenda Menslage in Heaven now. I know that he is no longer suffering, but unfortunately that doesn’t make it any easier.
Back in October 1998, when my mother passed away, my father shared with me something that I carry with me to this day: “At the end of the day son, all that we have left are memories.” What memories and legacy are you leaving behind for your kids?
As a parent, I have made many mistakes. I am a single, widowed father of four children, and every step of the way was met with difficulties and tribulations. Yet despite my shortcomings, I can say one thing with certainty; my children are loved, and I have tried to lay a strong foundation in their lives with Christ being the cornerstone.
I pray that when it’s my turn to leave this world, my children will be able to pencil in words similar to the ones I used to describe my dad.
Joseph R. Menslage
Fort Bend Christian Magazine