Friday, June 19, 2009

Father's Day tribute

Allow me a day to get personal.  Thank you.

Ephesians 6:4 (nlt) --- Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Proverbs 23:22 (nlt) --- Listen to your father, who gave you life...

I am a blessed man.  Not only do I have 3 of the world's greatest kids, but my dad is world class.  He really is.  I have known this for years.

I have a dad that prays for me, shares with me and helps me these past 38 years.  I have watched him grow closer and closer to God the last 30 years.  What an honor that has been.  Often his words are what I need to hear though I may not want to hear them at the time.  He is wise and an advisor.  He is full of comfort and really cares.  He sees beyond where I am and what I am to what I can be.  He provides not just some of the stuff of life.  My dad has provided life.

He was the best man at my wedding almost 16 years ago, and he was the best man there.  I have two great brothers, yet neither of them holds that special place in my heart that my dad does.  We've built fences and wormed cows together.  We used to drive the country roads and notice all the beauty of the country side.  We have covered the miles via phone lines when the times were tough and when joy was abundant.

My dad has been there for me.  And this is my father's day tribute to Richard S. Harrison.  Known to some as R.S., known to others even as Rattle Snake, but known to be as my dad.  I am proud of him and would not be the man that I am without his support, kindness and direction.

This Father's Day I pray that my kids will be able to say some of the things I have said.  I pray my life makes a difference in those three lives.  And how grateful to God I am for my dad, a gift from God.  I love him dearly.

Miss you and wish we could be together more often, but in front of all these readers I have to say thank you for being my father, my dad.  I am blessed.

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