Saturday, June 16, 2012

Weekend Worship—Embracing the Legacy, Part Two

Thoughts for Father's Day
by Edie Melson

Jim & Monita Mahoney
I had the privilege of introducing you all to my mom on Mother’s Day, and today I’d like for you to meet my dad. Where my mom is an artist, creating works of art, Jim Mahoney is a photographer. His gift is to take something visible to everyone and show us what we missed. His black and white photographs have won him awards in numerous shows and been displayed in galleries around the country. 
And this was his second creative career.
Jim Mahoney
While I was growing up, my dad was a classical musician. He played in the Dallas Symphony, as well as taught music at our local college, University of Texas at Arlington. 
Even while he was pursuing his music career, he was strengthening his vision with a camera. As a child, I remember many vacations when he’d let me accompany him before dawn to be in place to capture breathtaking sunrise shots from places like the Grand Canyon.
Jim Mahoney
And through it all, he constantly encouraged me to discover my own strengths and explore life from the paths I chose. Neither of my parents ever dictated career or life paths, but instead chose to equip us with what we needed to find our own way. And those gifts, especially the courage to do what we love, are some of the most valuable I’ve ever received. 
As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give good things to people who ask. Matthew 7:11 CEV


  1. A great legacy and you using it well.

  2. What great memories from your childhood to share. Thanks Edie.

  3. Great pictures and testimony to your Dad's love for you. Thanks for introducing him to us.

  4. I love this, Edie. Marcia is right. Their legacy lives on in you.

  5. What a beautiful tribute to your dad & mom,...they will live long past the values instilled in you as your children will have it through you & on & on it goes,...Generation to generation; it lives on,...