My dad has been in heaven for seven years now. Today he would have been 77 years old. I wrote this poem for my him three months before he passed away, in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary that we had managed to gather all of us kids together for. Happy Birthday, Dad. You were a great man, and are greatly missed!
Not a wealthy man, in earthly terms, yet rich beyond compare.
You didn’t strive for new possessions. For these, you didn’t care.
But, what you lacked materially was made up in the end
In assets beyond measure; proven character, family, and loyal friends
You taught us by example to put God and family first
You worked long hours just to earn enough to be dispersed
To pay the bills, clothe the kids, put groceries on the shelf,
Kids in school, gas in the car, but you didn’t lavish on yourself
One trait of yours that I admire and forever have sought after
Is your knee-slapping, gut-splitting, contagious, roaring laughter
I don’t think I’ve ever told you how much it meant to me
To be the one to make you laugh, and fill your day with glee
Thank you dad, for showing us the Source of joy, the Truth
For teaching us, and training us while in our days of youth
Thank you for the time you spent down on your knees in prayer
For following God’s guidance and the wisdom you found there
Thank you for the heritage that money can’t afford
Thanks for your example of a life lived for the Lord
Thank you Dad, for all you’ve done, for guidance and provision
Thank you for the legacy of Lovin’, Laughin’ & Livin’.