My dad is having surgery today. It wouldn't be such a big thing if it wasn't for the fact that two years ago he had a heart attack and the doctors then said he was too sick for surgery. It wouldn't be such a big thing if it wasn't for the fact that the surgery today is to remove a suspected cancer.
Dad is one of the bravest people we know. He is a real-life hero. Despite many years of difficult health problems, he is still here with us, still inspiring us to live life well. He is a Marine, so he is naturally tough. He also has a faith in God. God apparently has had things for Dad to do or Dad still wouldn't be here with us today.
Dad is one of the bravest, funniest, most fiercely loving people we know. Whenever we are with him, it is a happy time filled with much laughter over his hilarious stories. It is a privilege to be his daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons. He is one of life's abundant blessings.
We love you Dad. We thank God each day that we have an earthly father and grandfather like you. You are a hero to us. We are praying for our Lord to carry you through today and all the days of your life.