1976 Seems Like Such A Long Time AgoJune 18, 2011
1976 seems like such a long time ago. Thirty-Five years ago to be exact. Gerald Ford was President and Jimmy Carter is elected to replace him. We celebrated our nation’s bicentennial, marking the 200th anniversary of our independence. George W. Bush is arrested and fined for driving under the influence of alcohol. Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. Filming began on George Lucas’ Star Wars. Charlie’s Angels and The Muppet Show premiered. But these events pale in comparison to what happened on Father’s Day June 20, 1976. My father went home to be with the Lord. Father’s Day has never been the same.
Although it has been 35 years since he passed away, there is hardly a day that I don’t think about him. The thoughts are not painful, but assuring. Sometimes I wonder what he would think about this new discovery or this event or that. Mom led Dad to Jesus and they both led their kids to Him as well. Dad’s life touched so many people, but none so deeply as my own. I am my father’s child. Dreamer, risk taker and follower of Jesus. Thanks Dad. Happy Father’s Day!