I am thankful that on this day 83 years ago, one of the best men ever was born. He grew up to serve his country in the army, to get married and to raise 4 kids, to become grandfather to 11, and great-grandfather to 7 (so far), although he never had the joy of meeting any of them, since lymphoma stole him much too soon 14 years ago this September, at the age of 69.
At all times, he loved his Lord, his wife, his children and his grandchildren, and his friends. He was one of the best role models and life examples of being a godly man.
I know this because he was my beloved Dad…
Dad, I’m thankful you’re healthy and pain-free in heaven, as we remember what would have been your 83rd birthday.
But I miss you and your hugs SO much, Dad!
I wish you could have met Dave, and welcomed and loved him as a son, and all of the spouses of your grandchildren, who you would have loved and welcomed into the family.
I wish you could have met all your great-grandchildren, and held them in your famous “grampy” pose – or what would have been now a great-grampy pose!
While our lives will never be the same without your loving, encouraging presence with us, our lives are richer and blessed for having had you with us for as long as you were.
I know you are enjoying dwelling in your heavenly residence with the Lord you served all your life, with Mom by your side, and with all those other loved ones who have gone on before us.
I know you must watch over us now and look forward to that heavenly reunion when it’s each of our turns to leave this earth. I look forward to seeing you again some day and feeling your loving embrace and big bear hug once again. Love you, Dad!
The book I wrote in Dad’s honor and memory, entitled Fatherly Reflections.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Have you lost anyone special to you?
Do you have difficulties emotionally when special days arise, like birthdays and holidays?