Happy birthday, Stan! What a milestone!
Surely you know that I'm not exactly the most promt person by now nor the most organized! So, yes, your birthday was last week, but it doesn't mean that my heart isn't thankful for who you are and what you mean to our family.
Thank you for getting down on your knees early every morning to pray for your family. Throughout his growing up years, Keith remembers running down the stairs to see you doing just that.
Thank you for praying for Keith, for reading God's word to him, for speaking to him of spiritual matters, for showing him how spiritual things relate to everything in the world. He passes on those insights to his own children.
Thank you for praying for Keith's family now. I am the beneficiary of such wealth and so are our children. They know about Papa and his faithfulness to his God, to his family and to his church.
Keith was on the phone with Keri Lynn last weekend. She'd had a rough start to college life, and was about to go to bed, when Keith asked her, "So where are you going to church tomorrow?"
This is the very question that you asked Keith in his young adult years as he began to make his way in the world, "Where are you going to church tomorrow?"
For we do not forget our heritage. We do not forget our love for God, the Creator of the Universe, the Savior of the world.
Thank you and happy 80th birthday!