August 16, 2005

Happy Birthday, Dad

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Forty-five years today, a new person was born. A teenage boy went to a Bible camp, heard the Gospel, and accepted Christ. This event had a huge impact on my life, because that teenager later grew up and became my Dad.

Throughout my life, Dad has been for me a model of ministry, family leadership, and determination. The impact he has had since that day in 1960 (the above picture is him about ten years prior to his conversion) cannot be estimated. He has touched lives in four churches in pastoral ministry spanning almost four decades. For fifteen consecutive summers he took a week of his summer to be a dean at Lamoka Baptist Camp (that has to be some kind of a record), and campers and staff looked forward to "Pastor Comings' week".

As I travel up and down the East Coast, I constantly have people come up to me and say "you must be Harold Comings' son." Then they go on to tell me about something Dad built into their lives. Just last week a man who has never met Dad told me what a blessing his "Meditation Moments" are.

Whenever someone says to me "You're just like your Dad"--whether because of some great spiritual insight, or because of some corny joke--it is a pround moment for me.

Dad has four sons, all of whom are living for the Lord and serving Him in some capacity.

All of this, of course, was made possible by the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a teenager at camp forty-five years ago.

Happy birthday, Dad.

Posted by Andrew on August 16, 2005 1:32 PM.

Comments

Happy B-day Pastor Comins..

From your Sister in Christ,
Shanna

Posted by: Shannarie at August 16, 2005 4:23 PM

Wow! It's been a couple days since I checked your blog. To find that write up this morning was absolutely awesome. Andrew, thank you so much for the encouraging words. All four of Pastor Comings' sons are a source of joy and delight - as are his growing extended family :-) which includes three others who call him "Pa" or "Dad." And, yes, that picture was about ten years prior to that life changing night in 1960.

Love you and proud of you.

Dad

Posted by: GoTennis at August 18, 2005 7:52 AM