While here in the Holy Land I've been focusing on strengthening my relationship with my Heavenly Father. It's been a challenging experience to say the least. It is easy for me to relate to Christ here as I see where he walked, taught, lived, and died. Heavenly Father is much more ambigous and almost totally dependant on me to form the relationship. That's alright, something that you work for is much more rewarding than something that is given to you.
However, as I've pondered qualities of Heavenly Father and the role of fathers, I'm more and more grateful for the father I've been given in this life. My dad is my hero. I've yet to meet a man who is harder worker than my dad (which has made dating incredibly difficult because no one quite measures up!). My dad is a big prankster and tease which has helped me not take myself to seriously. My dad is supportive of not only my dreams and goals, but of all his children and his wife. I treasure the memories of I have of long evenings of pitching and batting cages, bike rides, jump over, and apple fights. I can never thank my dad enough for coaching me not only in softball, but in tough life lessons.
Dad, I want you to know I love you and miss you. I'm so grateful for all you do for me! Thank you for giving me an example of qualities that our Heavenly Father has. You are the best!