Sunday, November 10, 2013


My father and I had a conversation about war. Once. He told me that he enlisted in the Navy in order to protect his widowed mother and his sister from war coming to their front door. Since he enlisted during the war, there was no doubt about the seriousness of the conflict and there was no doubt that he would put his life on the line for his family.

Dad 1946

My dad was that kind of man. He took his family responsibilities very seriously - he took all of his responsibilities very seriously.
Pearl Harbor

His devotion to his family was part of his character not a temporary action during wartime.

His wartime service, and the service of many other dedicated people, guaranteed that I could get up this morning and walk outside to enjoy the glorious sunrise.

The sunrise chased all the shadows of night away and brought light even to the darkest corners.

Dad was like that - he reflected God's character into my life, lighting both the good and the bad and inviting me to grow and change.

Let your light shine before men in such a way
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

When I made mistakes, my father did not refuse to welcome me home regardless of the fact that I didn't lived up to the full potential that he knew I had.

Neither does God. Maybe your earthly relationships have been less than stellar, but your heavenly Father is still waiting to welcome you home.




  1. Your father sounds like a most special man. What a lovely tribute.

  2. What a great post! And perfect for the holiday.
    I love listening to my grandpa talk about WWII.

    1. Thank you! How wonderful that your grandpa shares memories about WWII with you.

  3. You are lucky to have such an amazing dad!

  4. Beautiful post! It's so great that our Lord is do loving and welcoming! PTL!

  5. It really says something about your dad that he volunteered instead of waiting to be drafted! I had a grandfather in the Army and one in the Air Force during WWII, but neither of them really talked about it with me at all.

    1. Thank you, Natasha! Interesting that those we know who served in WWII didn't speak about it very much.

  6. You know how special I think your Dad was - besides sharing his home, daughter and awesome record collection with me as a teenager, he shared his love of gardening with my then two year old son, whose own Dad was serving in Viet Nam at the time! He and your Mom will always hold a special place in my heart.

    1. Pass the tissues, please... Thank you, Karin! Love and hugs!


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