No greater gift than that of a Father’s love to his three daughters could have been shared on this — his final Christmas.

Not to be perceived as a Christmas unlike that of any past family celebration, it was Christmas as usual, or at least it seemed that way. But for one there must have been an innate awareness of something special yet to come. So it was Ron Breding, my brother-in-law, my sister’s husband, and father to three beautiful daughters that must have sensed the coming of the Lord.

A godly man that would have been blessed with just such a premonition, the following letter was a gift to his daughters:


How can a father, who is a man of few words, find the words that adequately express the love he has for three very special daughters?

I don’t know the answer to that question — but I do know that if I do not make the attempt, I will one day be looking down from heaven with sorrow in my heart for not having  tried.

The three of you so blessed my life that appropriate words of expression fail me. As I look back over the years, I have so many memories that come forth that I can’t touch on all of them.

Each of you have such grace, poise and presence that it is a pleasure and joy to be around you. Your strength of character is a witness to all who know you.

Among friends and in the community the "Breding Girls" are admired and respected by all. Their children are a testimony to strong faith.

God only knows how much time I have remaining on this earth, but I will live the rest of my days with a grateful heart and overflowing joy that comes from my love and admiration for each of you.


He did not live to see this Christmas, but his gift of love will live on forever. A legacy of God’s fulfilled promise to each of us!

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"PONY TALES by" Ponty is written by Ken E. Knight, the author of the “Knightro Report”, a nationally syndicated livestock-marketing column, which is featured in the "Farm And Livestock Directory" every month.