Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

For the past 30 years, I have been searching for the perfect Father's Day card. Most are either too gushy, or humorous to the point they don't convey any fpertinent message. Some had the right feeling to them, but included things that my dad and I never shared.

Finally, after all these years, I have found it. The perfect card. Ironically enough, my father died nearly five years ago. Still, I bought it. It's sitting on my desk, in a basket of important notes and special cards.

It was at the time of his death that I really began to appreciate the wisdom that he shared as a father and the depth of his love for me. On the airplane, all alone, heading back to Massachusetts, the truth of the leading statement of 1 Corinthians 13:8 reached the depths of my heart.

My father had loved me dearly. The love that he showed me, continues on...and on... It never ends. Never. Love never ends.

So, there I stood, at Wal*mart, holding this card. When I opened it and read the inside, I knew it was the perfect card. It says:

"Love you back, Dad.
Happy Father's Day"

So, to all you fathers out there - and all of you who have fathers, or will one day be fathers - Happy Father's Day! May you love and be loved.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
--1 Corinthians 13:7-8

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