My Daddy

I am thankful for…

My daddy.

My daddy is a Marine.  He is a Marine who has served in Vietnam.  For my entire life, my daddy has been the strongest person I know.  I’m not talking about physical strength, although he has always been very active and, in my eyes, could and can do anything.  I’m talking about the kind of strength that comes from moral values and ethics.  I said recently to him that the way I see things, they are either black or white.  You know, wrong or right.  Dark or light.  At this, my dad got one of those tongue in cheek smiles – the kind that you’re trying not to show, but it just creeps across your face anyhow.  He said, “That’s how it is in the Marines!  They teach you things are either right or wrong – there is no in-between!”    Here I am in my 40-something year old life, and my daddy just heard me proclaim something that made his heart smile.  He saw himself in me – in my personality.  That part of me that is not so tangible.  I got that from my daddy, you know.  My unwillingness to live in or see things as gray.

“Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’, and your ‘No’, ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”     -Matthew 5:37


Today is the Marine Corps Birthday, Lord, and tomorrow is Veterans Day.  Thank you, Father, for my daddy and for all veterans who have sacrificed to protect our freedoms, including the freedom of worship.  Father, what an inspiration my daddy has been to me.  That strength I have always admired in him, and have always found security in, I know is something I have, too, to pass on to my children.  I’m happy to have this character trait as part of my lineage, understanding that ultimately, Father, You are the source of the strength and security that is available to all of us.  Thank you for loving us so!  I love you, Jesus.  Amen.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Cindy Russo on November 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Love this one too. I am really enjoying this month of thankful posts. Helps me to be humble and be a little more grateful myself.


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