Monday, January 30, 2017

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

~ Martin Luther

My husband’s dad slipped peacefully away this weekend. The respect and dignity with which this gentle-man was cared for in these final days a testimony to the seeds he sowed throughout his 95 years. The legacy of love and respect he leaves behind in the lives of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will continue to send ripples out into the lives of others who share seasons of their life with members of his family for generations to come.

Almost a century ago a young couple brought him into a world that was harsh, scary, and ugly. It was also beautiful, full of promise and hope, and they chose to focus on those things and raised a young man of integrity who served his country, raised a fine family and, as his dear wife said yesterday, “was a real life hero”. They changed the world for the better; he changed the world for the better; not with insults and anger, but with dignity and respect.

I’m deeply grieved at what I see in current events, even more how we are reacting to others who see things in a different way. The life and legacy of my father-in-love strengthens my intention about how I walk through these days. I choose to treat people with grace, dignity, and respect and stand firm on my faith. Period.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. So sorry for your loss Linda. Such heroes are always missed, but the legacy will live on, and you will live up to those standards you have set for yourself. His impact on you will always be remembered, and it must feel like a cherished gift he has left behind.
    Unfortunately we can’t be accountable to the senseless and unfortunate actions of others. All we can do is try control how we react – which isn’t easy to do do somedays as I just don’t understand the reasoning to their actions. It saddens me greatly.

    1. I agree wholeheartedly, Celine. The only thing we can control is how we respond and that is where we can shed light and make a difference.

  2. Such a beautiful tribute, Linda. And such a beautiful, inspiring attitude. Shalom!

    1. He was well worthy of a tribute, Mary Jo. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  3. Oh, Linda. I’m so sorry. This is a beautiful tribute, well-thought and heart-felt, but I know even strong words don’t take away the hurt. Hugs to you and Gerry.

    1. Dear Janna, thanks so much for your words of condolence.

  4. My condolences, Linda. Your father-in-law sounds like a wonderful person and a wonderful example for those he has left behind.

    1. Thank you, Joan.

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss, Linda. Your father-in-law made the world a better place for all of us.

    1. That is, indeed true, Karen. Thank you.

  6. A life well lived, a legacy for all to remember what is important. You were blessed to have known him…and I am sorry for your loss.

    1. Thank you, Martha.

  7. Oh Linda, I’m so sorry. Blessings to you and all the family.

    1. Thank you, Karen.

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