Peace and love to you all.
If any of you have loved ones who gave their lives for our country, please remember them today and how much they meant to you.
My family is also using today to remember my dad. Though he never served in the military, he moved around a lot as the son of an Air Force officer. He always spoke with pride about the service my Grandpa Roger gave and regaled us with stories of the different bases on which he and his siblings lived. Living that life was always something he looked back on fondly.
We're trying to do the same for him this weekend. We grilled steaks and smoked pulled pork. We drank wine and went for walks in the beautiful weather. We did the things that we wish we could still do with him, even though that's no longer possible.
It's hard. It's been a day of tears, especially for my mom, as she goes through his drawers and puts things away. But it's a necessary process. So, there will be tears and laughter and we will continue to be here.
All we can hope is that the friggin' hail doesn't hurt the red car this evening.
I'll leave you today with my hope and fondest wish that you think back in happiness on those you have lost. As long as we remember them, they are never truly gone.
Thanks be to God.
After 43 years of ministry, Randy Cross lived his "fourth life" and shared about retirement, living boldly and intentionally in our world. To be sure, there was some North Dakota thrown in.