The Trailblazer


Honor your father and your mother so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you (Exodus 20:12, Common English Bible).

Monday we buried my father. Yesterday was his memorial service. I know, for many that is backward but other concerns entered the picture and this plan worked best for all of us.

During his memorial service I shared the poem below. After learning of his death last Friday evening, I woke up early on Saturday morning. The Scripture and thoughts on 2 Corinthians 4 I shared yesterday along with the title, “The Trailblazer” was on my mind, though I knew the two weren’t related except they were both my gifts to my father, through God. As I laid in bed those seeds started to germinate. Cindy drove us to San Antonio Saturday morning. As she drove, I wrote. Below was the result.

He never discovered worlds unknown,
Or searched the depths of the deep blue sea;
Flight was not his lot in life,
But his life blazed a trail for me.

Pages of history won’t show his name,
Fame and fortune for him wouldn’t be;
Songs and holidays won’t carry his name,
But he blazed a trail for me.

He showed me how to be a man,
In him a loving husband I did see;
He taught me how to be a dad,
That’s one way he blazed a trail for me.

Dad tied my shoes and gave me food,
In the yard he often played ball with me;
We shot bows and arrows and looked at rocks,
Yes, my dad blazed a trail for me.

He showed the value of working hard,
A job done right, the world could see;
The bridges he built stand in time,
His hard work blazed a trail for me.

A son and daughter he did raise
A great father we both did see;
He loved us dearly all our lives
My father, blazed a trail for me.

Self-discipline was the rule of the house,
Many frustrations and failures I would see;
To teach me right, his discipline would prevail,
In being a good citizen, he blazed a trail for me.

He lived the Scripture husbands love your wives,
For over sixty years, their love we would see;
Over all my life, the two were one,
Showing a husband’s love, he blazed a trail for me.

A life of service he did live,
Years of Scouting had him in the trees;
Many boys he taught to camp and cook,
In Scouting he blazed a trail for me.

He served his country in time of war,
The Tolavana his ship in the Navy;
They refueled the fleet, keeping them underway,
In the Navy, he blazed a trail for me.

A Christian man my father was,
Living a faith for all to see;
He read the Bible, worshiped and prayed,
In faith, he blazed a trail for me.

Today he’s not here, today he’s gone home,
The great glory of God he does see;
The eternal reward stands before him now,
From now until forever at home in the sky,
Still, he’s blazing a trail for me.

We appreciate your prayers. This has been a hard week. We know God has been with us. Through your prayers, you have been with us as well. You are a blessing to me and my family.

You have a blessed day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,

Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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