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Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

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Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

The long blue Pontiac sedan rolled smoothly down Highway 30 through the Indiana countryside.  My father, Pastor Carl Ballestero was driving. I was his unofficial assistant and the two of us were going to a church anniversary service.

Carl Ballestero

Carl Ballestero

Most trips Daddy was known to be talkative, but sometimes, he was content to ride in silence. Today was one of those days that he chose not to talk much, if at all.

Knowing that he had to preach at this special service, I chose not to interrupt his thoughts, in case he was thinking about his sermon. I only spoke if I saw he was interested in talking.

I contented myself by looking out of the passenger’s side window at the farms and passing landscape. The silence was comfortable.

The car ride had been without a spoken word for more than a half hour. Then, as if from nowhere I heard Daddy say in a soft voice, “Lord, have I told you lately that I love you?”

Tears immediately  sprang into my eyes, and the scenery became blurred. I never turned to looked at him. I didn’t want to interrupt or interfere with this sweet moment between him and the true love of his life.

I knew I was in the presence of godly man who truly loved The Lord with all of his heart. The Holy Ghost immediately filled that car, and I wept freely. I thanked God for His presence and His love, but I also thanked him for giving me a father who truly loved Him!

That moment nearly forty years ago has forever impacted my personal devotions. Every now and then I find myself riding along in the car or just setting at home and then seemingly out of nowhere, I will find myself saying… “Lord, have I told you lately that I love you?”

You know what? It still works! I always seem to feel God’s presence anew while tears flow down my cheeks just like they did that day.

Thank you Lord, for a Dad who set such a wonderful example before me. He unashamedly let me see how wonderful it was to fully love The Lord and openly show it!

Thanks Dad!


Written by Martyn Ballestero

April 30, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Posted in Christian Living, Prayer

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  1. Thanks for that today. How I miss your Dad.

    Steve Epley

    April 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm

  2. Brought tears to my eyes just reading.

    Bro Mac

    April 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm

  3. what a truly wonderful godly man your father was I will never forget the yearsat the anniversary services at Elder.Cavaness Church. I looked forward to Thursday afternoon bible study, with Elder Carl Ballestero.

    sarah wischmeyer

    April 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

  4. Oh I loved hearing him say that! What a special man he was!!!


    April 30, 2013 at 10:33 pm

  5. He was such an exceptional man. He loved God with a passion and had such a wonderful relationship with Him, Don’t you know God loved those moments with him?!


    May 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

  6. Like Abraham, he was a friend of God! I have heard this story many times from my own father and it always touches my heart. I, too, have whispered those words in the middle of my busy day and they have never failed to evoke a response from Him! (Tried it once to see what would happen!) Thank you for that wonderful and gentle reminder that Jesus really is as close as the mention of his name.

    Crystal (Morris) Smith

    May 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm

  7. While I was reading this, it seemed that the Spirit stepped a little bit closer and took an interest in what I was doing. I thank you for encouraging everyone to draw ever nearer to our wonderful Lord.


    May 2, 2013 at 1:34 am

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