We were invited by our friend Amy Fish to attend the first annual Chris Kyle Birthday Bash, celebrating the 42nd birthday of the American Sniper. We had seen the movie, but didn’t know what to expect for the evening. It was held at Gilley’s in Dallas and began with a barbecue buffet with pecan pie and oatmeal cream pies for dessert….of course, we are in Texas! The National Anthem was a moving rendition by Jason Ashley. The amazing then program followed. The first video shown was one that Steven Spielberg had helped to create. It showed Chris at work and then it showed Chris with his family, sweet moments like teaching his daughter to read. Touching, poignant moments that tugged at my heart. Taya Kyle spoke of her husband, his impact,and their love. She talked about free will and with the freedom do good, people have the freedom do evil. But her belief that God will bring beauty from the ashes and she has seen that. She has experienced enormous support and many blessings, but would give that up in order to have her husband back. Close friends spoke of his loyalty, humility and sense of humor. One of my favorites was his best friend from middle and high school, Bryan Rury. He wrapped up his talk with Romans 12:9-15, which he saw as how Chris Kyle lived his life.
Romans 12:9-15New International Version (NIV)
Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Lastly, Craig Morgan played some great country music. It was a wonderful night!
The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation is working to help military and first responders strengthen their marriages and families. They are doing amazing work with date nights and retreats. For more information, please check out their site https://www.chriskylefrogfoundation.org/about/the-foundation/.
We were honored to be a part of the night and very grateful for those who fight for our freedom.