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Happy Birthday, Papa!

Today is the 85th anniversary of my father's birth.  Happy Birthday, Dad!  I just spoke with him, and he sounds great! 

Each and every day, I pray for my family, all their families and for others.  And each time my father leads the pack.  How blessed I am to have such a great man as my role model and my hero.  My words often times seem so woefully lacking when I try to tell him how much I love him, how much I admire him, and how grateful I am for what he has been to me and done for me over all these years.  

In my simple way of thinking, should I ever become even half the man my father is, I will consider my life purposeful and my time a success.

I come from good stock.  Remembering him and my beloved mother, I hope that with all that I am, and all that I do, I honor my father and my mother.

O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servant Derrill as he begins another year.  Grant that he may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen his trust in your goodness all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.   


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Oct. 18th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I just read your tribute to me on your web site - you sure know how to make an "old man" cry. All I can say is that my love for you and Chrissie and your support for me have kept me going in some very trying times. I am so proud of both of you. God's peace and blessings - Dad
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