Malachi 4:6 (NIV)
He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents;
Everyone has their own special memories of their Dad, either as a husband, father, brother or a grandfather. To me dad was a family man; one of a team of two with mom. For me and my brothers he was, above all, a gentle, caring and kind father. He was thoughtful and honest…a man of strong principles.
Dad enjoyed simple pleasures. A shared smile with mom; a clear night sky; a hug from a daughter-in-law. A bowl of chili, served piping hot, a walk in the wind, hiding Easter eggs for us and his grandchildren, some of these to be found 6 months later, and going to baseball games of his grandchildren. He found it easy to smile and taught us how to appreciate the good things in life. He always had time not matter what was going on.
He taught us to share his many interests and passions. His love for God and the love for his wife.
Dad knew how to have fun on vacations with his maps, camera and travel books to entertain and best of all gift a day to make the trip more fun.
He would check the weather forecast and log the highs and lows for the day. Something I continue to this day.
He dearly loved all of our family pets. Indeed, he loved all animals and they seemed to trust and like him. Animals are known, after all, to have a strong instinct for a good person!
He was there in times of crisis with a positive outlook, unending patience and ever-willingness to help meant that a solution was never far away.
He taught us to think big, and explore new ideas and horizons.
His example has set a high standard for me to live up to. His values and principles will continue to lead and guide me.
Dear Lord, Thank you, for our fathers who love us, for our grandfathers who care for us, and for God, our heavenly father who made us and is always with us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.