March 20, 2010 Peter

A Father’s Love: Dick and Rick Hoyt and God’s Love For Man


Thank you to photographer mike colon for passing this story along
You know I have been sitting here for more than an hour trying to put words together about this story of a Father’s love for his son. I mean the father is willing to hurt his body for the pleasure and betterment of his son. Every time Dick speaks about his son it is with the words that describe Rick competing. Dick even said that he lends his arms and legs to Rick so that he may get the pleasure of running. We emotionally bond to this story because we all know that love and relationships are about creating an environment in which the other person becomes better. In short, the main result of love is the “betterment of the one being loved.” If you disagree then please let me know.

Every time I read, hear and see these stories I am reminded that humanity was created in the image of God evidenced in our capacity and desire to love. Conversely, it is also evidenced when love is taken away such as when the doctor advised Dick to just let nature take its course with Rick and let him die in a forgotten building. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Oh, don’t forget to visit Team Hoyt for more information and what this duo is doing.

Here’s a focus on the Ironman:

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