“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.