It’s been five years since “American Sniper” subject Chris Kyle, one of the most decorated war heroes in the history of the United States, was killed by a mentally disturbed veteran during a trip to the shooting range.
In that time, his widow Taya has taken up her husband’s mantle. She’s become a Fox News contributor, taken up her husband’s mantle on a number of issues and even fought some of his most vociferous (and litigious) detractors in court.
This past Sunday, Chris Kyle would have turned 44-years-old. On the occasion of her husband’s birthday, Taya posted a message to her late husband on her Facebook account that’s gone viral in a major way.
In the message, Kyle’s widow says that she “can feel his happiness at having lived a life well lived — full of moments like this and so many more” and noting that “(t)he kids and I are praying God embarrasses you with a big bear hug in front of everyone in heaven today.”
“What an odd day today is… it’s Chris’s birthday and I feel happy, really happy about his life,” Kyle wrote Sunday.
“It isn’t overshadowed by his death today. I don’t know if it’s all of the prayers people have been praying, my kids’ happiness, the healing we’ve been doing, my parents visiting, or just the mighty grace of God. I almost feel like I feel Chris’s happiness. Is that weird? That’s what it feels like.”
“My heart is beating harder as I write this. Sadness is threatening to rush in. It’s like remembering what I want to share about Chris makes me happy and then my heart cracks. Dang it,” she continued.
“It doesn’t come without heartbreak yet — but man — I’m not remembering with sobbing tears like every other year. It’s not angry like every other year. It’s not a pressure cooker of love, ache, frustration and longing mixed with gratitude for having had the love at all. And that…. the water of emotion simmering, instead of boiling, makes all the difference.”
Kyle then eulogized her husband as a “prankster, lover, gentleman and father who not only loved his kids so deeply, but showed them his love; the man who took serving others seriously but never took himself that way.
“I’m grateful for the man with the youthful spirit who loved horses and dogs and some people, but not all of them,” she continued, inserting a smiley-face emoji. “The man of flesh and bone who had magnetic and powerful energy swirling about him. Once people met him, they wanted more of him. Who wouldn’t?
“I have a strong feeling he is on the other side still pulling pranks, loving people, welcoming warriors home, serving the kingdom of God and finding a way to share his powerful, magnetic energy with us as we live to fight another day on this side of things,” she added.
“To Chris: Happy Birthday, Love,” she said in conclusion.
“You are the gift. Thank you for the joy then and now. The kids and I are praying God embarrasses you with a big bear hug in front of everyone in heaven today. I. Love. You.”
The message, with its precious conclusion, received over 14,000 likes on Facebook as of Monday evening. It’s a truly beautiful tribute to a great man. At this difficult time, his family needs our thoughts and prayers.
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