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.