Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Big Day

Hard to believe it finally came - graduation day was Friday night.

The ceremony was awesome - much better than I imagined, but the highlight came tonight when my parents presented me with a gift from the whole family - A SWORD!!!

The sword is genuine issue U.S. Army.

My dad made the rack and had the following plate inscribed

You need to understand a little about our family and knives. I received my first knife - a boy scout knife - at 5 years old. Ever since I've been fascinated by knives. My brothers and my Dad are also fascinated by knives. None of the ladies understand. They ask, "Why would you need more than one knife?" Dad tries to help them relate to their philosophy of owning multiple purses. I think that has helped them some.

When it comes to knives, the bigger the better, so what could be better than a sword? I've always been enamored with swords and am excited to finally own one. But the greatest part of owning this sword is the meaning behind it. My parents could barely get their words out as they presented it because they were proud to see this day. Not primarily because this accomplishment, but because of the Lord's faithfulness and kindness to our family.

The sword represents so many great things - a call to valor, courage, strength in the midst of adversity, living by a code of honor, and most of all, being guided by the Sword of the Spirit.


Burke Wilson said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I pray that the Lord continues to bless your family and your ministry as you head back to Arkansas.

Michael said...

I'm glad you like the sword! Dad sure did a good job on that rack, didn't he? I wish I could have been there. We'll see you soon, back home, in the greatest country in the world!

John and Pam said...

And don't forget to give your thoughtful wife, Julie credit for the idea! Thanks, Julie for the great idea!