JJ Daniel, SW Washington
Perhaps you have heard
this heroic story about a dad and his disabled son (I think their last name
is Holt, I didn’t hear what part of the country they live in.), I just recently
heard about them for the first time – needless to say, their story touched my
heart. You may have heard seen them in National News; I heard about them on
DayStar television as Max Lacado told their inspiring
This young father must
have been heart-broken, when his son was born less-than perfect. Unless Jesus
gives him a miracle – the child will never play ball, run, or even walk; in
fact, he will never do the simple things that we all call “normal”, i.e. feed himself. Hundreds of parents abandon their children when
they are imperfect, before and after birth; this dad is a hero who deserves the
“father-of-the-year” award, to say the least! (He will be rewarded one
This child was born with
the cord wrapped around his neck; he was without oxygen too long, which
resulted in brain damage. His brain is in tact, he
thinks clearly – but the body won’t respond to his brain. This loving father
cherishes his son, and spends a lot of time and money to give him an active
life. Putting him in a nursing home, or simply leaving
him at him in bed would have been the easy choice.
Like other fathers, this dad had a dream for his son… that
he would be an athlete, maybe a lawyer, maybe even the President of the Nation (every
day can relate); how sad for this family.
Instead of giving up on his son ever running a race, this dad runs for
him; instead of giving into “he will never walk or ride a bike”, the dad rides
for him. Together they run marathons across the country,
the dad pushes the boy on a specially made bike. The son dressed in running
gear, to match his dads – always expresses great joy when they cross the finish
line. This creative, determined dad also enters swim-meets and biking events,
using similar methods to include his son. This dad didn’t give up on his son,
or his dream, just because it could have seemed hopeless and impossible… he
just went to ‘plan B’ – and moved forward, moving mountains and working
miracles for his son.
I am so impressed with this dad’s love for his son! In
a world of easy, convenient and daily abortions, and parents who abandon their
children – this man is a hero! He
created a life for his child, and literally carries him along, every day.
Without this dad’s love, this child would have spent all his years lying in a
bed with no life at all.
I don’t know if these people are born-again, can’t help but
think that they must be; but either way, what we know about this dad is a great example of
God’s love for us. Even when we are imperfect – He loves us! When we
mess up and do things that we wish we hadn’t done, when we make wrong, even
stupid choices in life, even when we turn our back on Jesus – He continues to
love us, unconditionally – and “carries us along every day.” (Isa
There is nothing you have done that can ever cause God to
turn His face from you, throw you away or give up on you! He is your
“Father” and He loves you… unconditionally!!
WHAT A LOVE!!