I wanted to take a few moments to offer a small tribute to my Dad.
My Dad was a crew chief on a helicopter in the Vietnam war. He fought for his country, and whether the war was "right" or not, he did his part because he felt that it was the right thing for him to do. When many others were protesting, or running and hiding in school, or in another country, he went straight to the recruiters office so that he could serve his country.
I am proud of my Dad.
In 1979, my Dad became a follower of Jesus. I was 6 years old. Before that, we had no religious upbringing at all. We were a secular family. But through a series of people witnessing to him, and situations, he came to put his trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord. Over the next 9-12 months, my Mom came to believe along with him, and so our family came to know the Lord. And since then, many of our extended family have become believers in Jesus - all beginning with my Dad. He led his immediate, and then extended family to the Lord, and many of us have obtained eternal life because of it.
I am Thankful for my Dad.
Through the years my Dad has faced many obstacles (too many to enumerate now), and has been loyal to my Mom, my brother, myself, my two sisters, all of his grandchildren, his extended family and friends through it all. He has always been there for us, and has been an example of loyalty, honor, respect, leadership, devotion, and self sacrifice. he has shown himself to be the kind of man that I would like to be.
I love my Dad.
Happy Fathers day Dad.
May you have many more days before you, and may they be blessed and honored.