Since today’s Father’s Day, I got thinking about all the dads who are separated from their kids today, and vice versa. I visited the Canadian Forces message website and read through some of the messages sent to the peacekeepers.
There were short and sweet posts from school kids, one from a young refugee from Afghanistan,a message of support from someone in the U.K., and many, many more.
After I posted my letter, I kept reading. I found this poem/prayer particularly touching and wanted to share it with you:
For Our Troops Lord Be Near Come Home Safe
Oh lord we are so humbled by the efforts of so few
Who’ve stepped forth to meet their nation’s call
To do what they could do
The heart they’ve shown, their family’s tears
Are placed in open view, we cannot deny that they’ve stepped forth
On behalf of me and you
Oh lord be near our precious ones and let not them stand alone
Let them remember we are always near at the setting of the sun
We are in their hearts and spirits
We’re the gentle hug they feel
When they curl up for a moment’s rest
Let them feel our thoughts so near
That fragment of a moments peace, please help it give them strength
To carry forth each and every day
Knowing our prayers for them do reach
For we are in their thoughts and memories
And await their safe return
From a mission towards a better world for each and everyone
The Borchert Family, Slave Lake, AB
Relay for Life
You may recall that, a while back, I sponsored my dad in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
It’s an event where teams of 10 people participate in a 12-hour overnight relay, taking turns walking, running or strolling around a track surrounded by Luminaries. Each Luminary (a candle placed in a special bag) bears the name of either a survivor or a loved one lost to cancer.
My dad was participating on behalf of his wife, Barb, who lost her battle with cancer last summer. His Milton, Ont., team, made up of two sisters-in-law and their husbands and several friends, raised the highest amount of donations for their event — $22,000 in total — for cancer research.
Way to go, pops. Happy Father’s Day!
P.S. Here’s one of my favourite songs by one of my favourite singers (who just happened to be born in the same city as my dad — Belfast). Enjoy!