Peggy, Emily and I are currently in Ashland, KY, to visit Peggy’s Dad (Papaw) and family. Papaw will (hopefully) soon have heart valve replacement surgery at the age of 80. We thought the surgery might get to happen this week, but that will not be the case.
Upon consulting with the surgeon and scheduling a couple of pre-op tests, Papaw told us that he wanted us to come see him “now” rather than when he was in the hospital, so he could enjoy the visit. Emily wanted to join us for the trip, and that didn’t make any of us mad.
While enjoying our visit, I wanted to share a few of Papaw traits I admire and attempt to emulate.
- Papaw loves Jesus. He speaks about his Lord regularly and his eyes fill with tears as he does so. Papaw knows the saving grace under which he lives and he is not afraid to share/show it.
- Papaw loves the Bible. Even with macular degeneration affecting his eyesight & ability to see/read, he reads from his Bible every morning. He doesn’t do it for show, it is simply what he does.
- Papaw loves people. His love for family is fierce. There is no doubt about how the patriarch of this family feels about his Bride, his girls, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren. Just ask him. There is no doubt about the love he has for the two guys who married his daughters. We are not “in-laws.” We are sons. I have never felt like an “in-law,” nor ever been treated like one. Bill Dixon adopted me as his son even before I married Peggy. I know that I am blessed beyond in this regard. Papaw and Nanny sponsor a child in Brazil through a Christian Relief organization. They talk about this child like he is one of their own. I’ve seen Papaw go out of his way to help strangers, because Papaw knows that God loves them, so he should love them as well.
We don’t know what the future holds regarding Papaw’s surgery, but because of Papaw’s example, we know Who holds the future.for that and do much more, we are grateful.