Tuesday, February 26, 2008

90 Years Young

Our family celebrated a great event this weekend: my grandfather's 90th birthday! It was a surprise party, and he truly was surprised as he walked in to the restaurant and saw 80 friends waiting to honor him on such an occasion. As I've reflected on this experience, what amazes me is the number of friends he has at such an age!

My grandfather truly has the gift of hospitality. No, he doesn't host teas or get-togethers at his home (although he loves it when people, especially family, visit), but his hospitality is more on the road. He has been blessed with health and energy, and he faithfully visits less fortunate people in nursing homes, the hospital, and at their homes. He also has a ministry where he delivers tapes of the Sunday service of their church to shut-ins. In addition, he stays active in various organizations, especially the Shriners and their fundraisers for helping sick children, especially burn victims, who need financial help to receive the medical care they need.

I am so blessed as I see my grandfather live out the following verse: "Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality." (Romans 12:13 NIV).

Thank you for being a role model for your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Papa! Happy Birthday!

Papa blowing out the candles on his huge birthday cake

Sibling picture (Papa is second from the left)

Papa and his progeny (Notice the one boy!)

1 comment:

Katherine said...

That is so wonderful that your grandfather is 90 and still very active. My grandfather is turning 96 on 3/11! Amazing to know ALL they've seen in their lifetime!