Tomorrow being Father’s Day gives me cause to think about, not only how fortunate I am that my own dad is still alive and in pretty good health at 87 years old, but also how fortunate I am to be called “Dad” by so many. Of course, there’s our birth sons, Mike and Jeff, and Mike’s wife, Rhonda. And, though she calls me Jim, there’s Jeff’s wife, Vanessa. But over the years we’ve been “Mom and Dad” to so many other young adults, with many of whom we are still connected. Then there’s the special men and women in our lives that truly our own, even though we were not responsible for their birth.
Particularly, then, there’s Peru. How blessed we are to be the adopted or spiritual parents to so many men and women who are faithfully serving the Lord in their home country. Jose and Raquel Vicente, the first in Peru, Antonio and Debora Meca, Maria Momajara Diamond and now her husband, Paul, Jose and Marlene Navarro; and I can’t forget Ani Brown, though we actually met her here. It’s through her dad, Pastor Julio Romero, that all of our Peruvian kids and friends came into our lives. There are others as well that look to us as spiritual parents, calling on us for input into their lives. All that plus a host of Peruvian grandchildren, both adopted and spiritual.
Yes, indeed, I’m blessed. How could tomorrow be any happier a Father’s Day? Thank you, Jesus.