Tim Bosma

2016 May

Tim Bosma’s funeral. A bittersweet day / Tim Bosma, dream house builder. Don’t let your heart be troubled. (Reposts)

2017-04-10T21:28:26-04:00May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Three years ago yesterday the public was invited to a funeral to mourn the death of Tim Bosma. To honor Tim and his memory and to acknowledge the impact his murder has had on the broader community, this is a repeat of a Daily Dad post from that funeral, and another repost, below it, on [...]

2014 June

Courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten

2017-04-10T21:31:20-04:00June 7th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

It was the nightly news and she wore a large summer hat and a smile on her face while she sat in a golf cart and talked to the cameras, but there was pain too, we all know that, because her husband was murdered last summer. And while the wheels of justice turn slowly to [...]

2014 April

Dear Mr. Millard – Letter 2 – Have you seen the road to hell?

2017-07-19T01:25:55-04:00April 15th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

My relationship with my own father has mellowed much over the years. This is what marriage and children and grandchildren and an ocean of separation can do. (I think you know I live in Africa most of the year, the genesis of which is for another conversation at another time.) But there was a time [...]

2014 April

Dear Mr. Dellen Millard – Letter 1- Let me share something about evil

2017-07-19T01:27:04-04:00April 11th, 2014|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

We don’t give much thought to the devil these days – we’re well beyond all that. The best you might get is a funny t-shirt that says ‘The devil made me do it’ with, say, a picture of a naïve but guilty looking figure beside another with a pitchfork and red leotards. But what if [...]

2013 May

Dellen Millard: a young man of ambition

2017-07-20T00:19:14-04:00May 31st, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Ambition, like contentment, is one of those strange words to talk about with the children because it means everything and nothing at the same time. In a sense we are all ambitious because we are all looking. Through our actions more than our words, this is the lasting message that we leave our kids: we are looking for [...]

2013 May

Tim Bosma’s funeral II – What do we tell the children?

2017-07-20T00:22:13-04:00May 25th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

It was just my daughter Liz and me in the living room, a quiet moment in the evening when I said to her, ‘I went to Tim Bosma’s funeral.’ Of course, one never knows if there is a right way to talk about this sort of thing with children, about death, about murder, about the [...]

2013 May

Tim Bosma’s funeral: a bittersweet day

2017-04-10T21:29:02-04:00May 23rd, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments

The children had dental appointments and I was running late and so found myself in the back without a program in hand, a thousand people in front of me, a thousand faces, a thousand hearts, some in black clothing, some not, all coming together for one purpose, to say goodbye to Tim Bosma. We listened [...]

2013 May

Tim Bosma, dream house builder. Don’t let your heart be troubled.

2017-04-10T21:27:39-04:00May 15th, 2013|Categories: Daily Dad|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments

‘Don’t let your hearts be troubled,’ is what he said. ‘Trust in God. Trust also in me. My Father’s house has plenty of room.’ This is what Jesus told his friends. That he was going to get things ready. That he’d come back to get his friends when things were all set. He’d have to [...]