Intersecting Life and Faith

A Man Named Gary

A man named Gary finished his pilgramage on earth and walked into heaven almost thirteen years ago. I’ve been thinking a lot about him lately, wondering what he would have to say about 2020. How he would process this pandemic, the election, and the social unrest we face. I know he was a quiet man, but he definitely had his views on many issues and if you asked him he would be happy to chat with you about anything. Gary was a loving husband, devoted father, hard working farmer, and loved his community well.

He was on school and church boards and was involved in a local camp board. He and his wife enjoyed the political process, participating in Iowa caucuses when they were able. He taught the youth at his church, and when one of those youth, a young man he was mentoring, was killed in a car accident, he wept with those who wept. Gary lived his life by example. He wasn’t perfect by any means, but he did show his family and friends how to live. He lived his life according to this verse…

“Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

Gary was a just man, he loved faithfulness to God and walked humbly with him. As I said earlier in this post, he was a quiet man, but when he spoke I learned to listen. The man named Gary was my dad.

7 Comments

  1. Shelley

    He sure must have been a wise and wonderful man to produce such a daughter. ??

  2. Jean Palmer

    Beautiful. You caught me up short when you identified your dad.
    You turned my thoughts to my Dad – and Mom. Years have gone by
    but I miss them acutely when I think of them.

  3. Sarah Haas

    Precious memories.

  4. Nancy

    Well done

  5. Daphne

    Thank you for sharing your dad with us. A wonderful memory!

  6. Judy

    He sounds like he was a kind and wise man. Dads are such a treasure.

  7. Sandy Booher

    What a lovely memory of your dear father! I’m sure him terribly still!

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