Happy Father's Day Dad,
I write this letter from my heart to encourage you on Father's day. This day is to honor Fathers.
As my earthly Father I want to Thank You for dedicating your life in service to our family. We were always provided for by your willing hand at the plow as you worked faithfully to meet our every need.
You invested in our nutrition, education, our desire to participate in all sorts of extracurricular activities like boxing, baseball, wrestling, football, basketball, swimming, mini-biking, other sports, dance, cub scouts, and bowling.
You made sure we were baptized, had communion and attended our confirmations as well as all the catechism. You were clear on what you could and could not do financially with regards to college. This allowed me the opportunity to make a decision with solid information to seek scholarships, which required me to focus on learning and achieving.
You taught me how to play chess and all of the sports you had previous experience in.
You gave us what you never received..........time, energy and your heart (love).
You were always there for us in all situations, whether we were involved in good or bad, sick or healthy.
In this last year as our Mother became ill......I saw in you, the Love of Christ, the Love of the Heavenly Father, The Agape which is unconditional LOVE. I have seen a servant's heart in light of the difficult relationship you both have endured, even when at times it appeared non-sensical. Over 50 years of marriage is quite a feat in this age.
I have chosen to share a few thoughts with you now, while you are still alive, about your investment.
I fondly remember our family vacations in Tahoe, Disneyland, our family BBQ's, our visits to baseball games, fetching fowl balls at Bees stadium but the rides to the dump in the old 56 Ford pickup were great; especially the hamburgers and ice cream that followed.
Recently a family member who had been at odds with me made a statement to my wife, Kim:
I see how much Ron loves you, I see his convictions and they are strong for the LORD and I have never met anyone who works harder than Ron.
Thank You for setting many examples of how to live right.
Thank You for loving us by action not with just words. You have made my life and world a better place filled with loving memories.
Your advice was mostly good.....seeming to balance my optimism in all things.
I pray you learn one thing from me.......how to grow more intimate with your heavenly Father....which can only come by reading his love letter to you.....The BIBLE and by praying, fasting, worshipping and letting the Holy Spirit guide you and lead you in all truths.
I love You DAD and have a strong desire for you to live eternally in an intimate relationship with your creator, your Heavenly Father as you allow him to be the LORD of your life in action not words.
Your SON, Ron