No Peace for the Wicked

Today’s post is part of Streams of Consciousness Saturday. The prompt for today is “A phrase that you grew up with.”

One of my Dad’s stock phrases was “No peace for the wicked.” He would say it with a feigned sigh and a twinkle when work had to be done; for instance at the end of supper when it was time for dishes to be washed or when something around the house had broken and he had to repair it.

I was surprised to find out much later that this phrase actually originates from the Bible from Isaiah. “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” (Isaiah 57:21 ESV)

I was surprised because my father was not a Christian although he had a very strong ethical standard of his own. He did not drink because he had seen what alcohol had done to his father, he was very honest and when somebody near him used bad language, he would accost them and tell them there were ladies present. He went to church because my Mom is a believer and my Dad loved her very much. He even sang in the church choir but his private mission statement was “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul,” as per William Earnest Henley.

My father died just before his eightieth birthday in 2010. Of course I prayed for him most of my life that he might have a relationship with Christ and I didn’t see it happen but I trust my God who loves me with my Dad’s soul and I am at peace.

I remember my Dad’s quirky ways. He had other favourite sayings. “Lucky I’m tolerant,” was one and “I believe you where thousands wouldn’t,” was another.

My Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for parents who loved each other and a happy childhood. My my children’s memories of me be happy ones. Amen.

5 thoughts on “No Peace for the Wicked

  1. willowdot21

    I love your father’s saying I know them too but until now not their origins. Your father sounds very like man. My father was a devout Catholic, I am not but I am a Christian. Your father too though he professed no faith must of believed in something but kept his own council.💜

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  2. bikerchick57

    A good man who didn’t drink or swear, and went to church for his wife? I have a feeling that God saw this and directed him to heaven so he could, at the very least, witness his daughter’s love and the love of our Savior.

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