In the spring of 1977 Rick asked his father if they could run in a race together to benefit a lacrosse player at his school who had become paralyzed. One problem: Dick was not a runner, and was 36 years old. Great fathers, however, make sacrifices. He agreed and pushed his son's wheelchair the full five miles. In 1981, the Hoyts would finish their first Boston Marathon. Four years later, on Father’s Day, the father and son would take on something that was, at the time, unprecedented: a triathlon that consisted of a one-mile swim, a 40-mile bicycle ride, and a 20-mile run. A father-son team that began racing in support of others less fortunate, sacrificing their time and energy to benefit others, Team Hoyt continued in that same spirit for 37 years. They proved to everyone that anything can be done with enough stubborn persistence, dedication and, ultimately, the bottomless depths of love that can be found only in the unique bond between a father and his son; love found only if sought out and fully realized. (https://www.triathloninspires.com/thoytstory.html) "He's the one who has motivated me because if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be out there doing triathlons. What I'm doing is loaning Rick my arms and legs so he can be out there competing like everybody else" Dick HoytWe thank God for the gift of those who’ve fathered and taught us what it means to be a builder of bridges. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail. We ask God’s blessings for each of them and forgiveness where it is needed. We remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach. How are you loaning your children your arms and legs? How have you been apprenticed by God in your life?
Copyright 2019 Nathan Ahearne
About the Author
Nathan Ahearne's faith journey has helped to shape the person he is today as husband, father, teacher and formator of young people. His vocation and faith are strengthened and nourished by those he encounters in service and contemplation. Nathan is a creative thinker and likes to roll up his sleeves and see projects through to completion. He is a John 10:10 fan. Read more at Expressions of Interest.