I want to tell you about one of the greatest love stories I’ve ever
heard – the love of a father for his child. A little over fifty years ago, Rick
Hoyt was born to Dick and Judy Hoyt. But during the delivery, Rick was deprived
of oxygen and, as a result, he was born with cerebral palsy. Doctors encouraged
the Hoyts to send their newborn son to an institution and forget all about him.
But the Hoyts wouldn’t do that. They didn’t give up on Rick. Instead,
they treated him just like any other kid – taking him to the lake, helping him learn
to swim and even letting him join the neighborhood street hockey games. When Rick
got to high school, he wanted to compete in a charity 5K run. So his dad constructed
a special racing wheelchair and they were off.
Later that night, Rick turned to his father and spoke through his
computer voice processor, saying: “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like my
disability disappears.” Well, that was enough for Dick. Since that day, they’ve
competed in over 1,100 races – and never placed last!
When I heard this story, I was amazed at how well it paralleled our
Father God’s love for us. Just like Dick Hoyt, our Father is faithful to lift
us up even when we can barely stand. He has given us this promise through the
Prophet Isaiah: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their
strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow
weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
We know that through
Christ, our Father has adopted us – and that our God will always be there – no
matter what. And it is by his strength that we are able to fight the good fight
of faith and finish the race.
This Father’s Day, take a moment
and thank your dad for all the times he carried you, cheered for you and worked
alongside you—for all those times his love and care reminded you of God’s own
Fatherly love for all his children.
I’m Joseph Tkach, Speaking of LIFE.