just a little snap from our joint birthday celebration with the family...
happy birthday, dad!
thank you for meditating on God's Word. thank you for going to God in prayer. thank you for acting justly and loving kindness and walking humbly with your God. you continue to prove yourself an honorable son, an honest and diligent businessman, a dedicated friend, a kind neighbor, a protective and providing husband, and devoted father...and a doting grandfather.
thank you for seeking wisdom. for striving after God. for obeying. for showing perseverance and long-suffering. for extending grace and mercy. for pursuing holiness. for being forthright and true and loyal. for being agile and adaptable, and moldable by the Lord.
thank you for exhibiting strength of mind and heart and character. for being a man of God and wanting to create a legacy of faith for your family. thank you for your tenderness and boldness. for your generosity of spirit. for your optimism. for your playful spirit - that youthful vigor paired with sophisticated spectacles and a well-seasoned head of hair.
"blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. he is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. in all that he does, he prospers. // psalm 1:1-6
thank you for being an unwavering tree for us, one that is firmly planted and nourished by the life-giving heavenly waters. one that stands firm in spite of the winds of the world. one that is not swayed. one that is deeply rooted in Christ. i pray that you yield an abundance of fruit. that you stay green and vibrant and robust. that God prospers you greatly.