""Blessings Strengthen life and feed life just as water does." Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

This blog is a digital blessing bowl, a place to record the small blessings that are often missed or forgotten but which make life holy. Feel free to add your own blessings to my blessing bowl. Or perhaps you'll be encouraged to start your own.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The treasure of his example

His heritage to his children wasn't words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father.-- Will Rogers Jr.

My daddy, who died in March 2009, would have been 91 today.

From a letter I wrote to my father on the occasion of his 80th birthday in September 2000. 

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. . ." Galations 5:22-23

When I think of your influence on my life, I think of the fruit of the Spirit. The love you have given, the joy we see in your face when we’re gathered together, the patience with which you disciplined us, the kindness and goodness that are evident in all that you do, the gentleness with which you held and cared for your grandchildren, the self-control necessary to be a responsible husband, father, and son.
There is no way that I can adequately express how much your example. . .just the way you have lived your life. . .has meant to me.

Happy Birthday, Daddy.  I love you.

1 comment:

Donna said...

Oh Ginny how beautiful your words to your father...your father sounds like my dad...I miss him so much. He would have been 82. Happy Birthday to your dad and his wonderful life!!!