Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
I have stolen and adopted this prayer from <http://onlineministries.creighton.edu> Creighton University’s Online Ministries page. They have a series of prayers there for fathers which I found very moving. Go look.

In gratitude for my Father
Dear God, the Father of us all, I thank you for my father. Along with my mother, through the marvel of your creation, my father gave me the gift of life itself. He was such a good teacher and mentor, such a wonderful example of how to live a life of faith. (With seven kids, Lord, he really needed faith.) Please, take care of him now and be generous with him as he was with everyone.
Father of Life, he was such a blessing to me even though his life was short. Once, when I was away and told Gram I had missed her, she said, “Don’t waste your time missing people; pay attention to the ones around you.” Nevertheless, I do miss him – and all of them, even after 50 years. I thank you for what Dad left me as gifts of love and faith. I pray that he has enjoyed your embrace and that the relationship he and I have now will be renewed with you in heaven. Until then, I entrust him to your love and ask you to let him look out for me and to assist me to stay on the path to you.

I still have so many memories of the celebration of my 50th anniversary (that I didn’t want to do.) In fact, I asked someone the other day, just in passing, “Have you set the date yet for celebrating my 50th next year?”

I got sort of a blank stare. Ah well, this one will last me quite a while.

One of the things that struck me was that in the many cards you sent, there were amazingly very few duplicates. I keep thinking about how creative all those card designers are, to say nothing of all the nice things you said when you included your own personal thoughts.

So again, I thank all the people who were involved. I think we do community very well, and that’s what it’s all about. Here’s hoping that we can take what we do here, OUT THERE. We’re the salt; we’re the light.

In Jesus,
sign frjim

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