Father and Son: A Glimpse of God’s Love

17 08 2008

One day, a son asked his father, “Dad, will you race with me in a 5-mile run?” Touched by his son’s heart-felt request, the father, despite having a heart condition, lovingly said “Yes”. So, together they raced. They didn’t win (they weren’t even close) but the joy of their togetherness was worth far more than finishing first. With smiles on both of their faces they finished together.

Soon after, the son asked his father once more. “Dad, can we run a marathon together?” Again, the father smiled and nodded his head. “Yes, of course we can” was the reply. So, once again the two of them raced for 26 miles and smiled all the way to the finish line – together.

This same Father and son went on to join other marathons (over 900 races to date) the father always saying ‘Yes’ to his son’s request of going through the race together.

One day, the son asked his father, “Dad, let’s join the Ironman together.” To which, his father said “Yes”.

For those who don’t know, the Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. 
The race encompasses three endurance events:

  • 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim followed by
  • a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride and ending with
  • a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Father and son went on to complete the Ironman together.

With this in mind, please view the video clips below of the duo, but be prepared to cry. It is a beautiful example of God’s relationship with us. I only hope I can be as good a father as this man.

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17 08 2008
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22 08 2008
Bob

When I heard the music and the saw the boy who couldn’t talk
My eyes were filled with tears to think that someday he would walk
But as I thought much deeper and the song continued on
I realized I wept for me throughout this Christian song.

For He is bound by limbs over which he can’t control
A voice that has been silenced hidden deep within his soul
Machines provide the means to have a word to say
And a wheelchair gives him help to go along his way.

His chains can all be seen by all who see his life
We imagine how we’d bear if we had so much strife
We don’t see the weight that we carry every day
When we waste what we’ve been given instead of giving it away.

Now I’m speaking to the ‘born agains’, you know who you are
You drive around all trouble, play loud music in your car.
You hope your life is simple, not much pain and grief
Your only thought of heaven is the hope of some relief.

But this poor young man who struggles just to try to breath
Will never stand at Jesus’ feet if Christ is not received
And who will tell him of the Savior’s redeeming blood
If not someone who knows the truth and gave his life to God.

He will never leap for joy or sing the Savior’s praise
The struggles that he has each day will someday pass away
Will he live forever in the absence of the Curse?
Or will he simply go from suffering to worse?

Have you forgotten, sharing not an option?

(Not the best poem I’ve ever thought of, just another way to express my heart about this.)

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