We are to respect and love one another just as the Father loves us.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called
children of God; and so we are.” 1 John 3:1a, ESV.
Dick Hoyt, who inspired thousands of runners, fathers and disabled athletes by pushing his son, Rick, in a wheelchair in dozens of Boston Marathons and hundreds of other races, died on the 17 of March of this year. He was 80. Dick and his son Rick participated in more than 1,000 races,
including duathlons and triathlons and in 1992 even completed a run
and bike event across the U.S., covering 6,010 kilometres in 45 days. In 2013, a statue of father and son was erected in front of a school in Hopkinton, near the Boston Marathon’s starting line. Dick’s other son, Russ, said, “I know it’s a cliché, but I want people to know that I thought my
father was a hero, not just because he pushed Rick in the marathons,
but because he was a great father to all of us, you could talk to him
about anything,” he said. “He inspired people to look at all their children
as equals no matter their disability.”
This is a great story of the love of a father for his son. We are strongly chal-
lenged in chapter 3 to love one another no matter what. The greatest ex-
ample of love for others is from Jesus Himself.
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay
down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16, ESV.