A Good Man Passed This Way

June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day.  Father's Day used to be a day I spent really missing my dad.  Of course I still miss him, but now it is also a day I spend celebrating the wonderful Father that my husband is.
My dad died as a result of prostate cancer back in 2001.  I was only 23 at the time.  He was 72 years old.  I was too young to lose my father... I guess any age is really too young to lose your father.  There were things I still needed him to do.  Things I still needed to show him.  I didn't get the chance. 

But dad, for the 23 years I did get to know you, I will always remember:
your sense of humor
grace under pressure
honesty and integrity
willingness to help anyone regardless of their circumstances
your compassion
your willingness to take a risk
your ability to fix ANYTHING (wish I got that skill)
your impeccable work ethic
your tenacity
and your unwavering commitment to Jesus Christ.

Thanks for making me into the person I am today, and the person I am still becoming.  I wish my son could have known you.

One night, not that long ago, my son asked me.  "Mommy.  Where's your daddy?"  I told him "My daddy is in heaven."  And he told me "No, your daddy is at work."  You know what?  He is at work.  Working up in heaven building eternal mansions for us that will come after him.

I love you dad... and I miss you!  Not just today but every day.

And I would be amiss, if I didn't not wish a Happy Father's Day to this guy.  Thanks for being an excellent dad to "L."  I know my dad was proud of you too!

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  1. Ok next week you can't make me cry . . . that was incredible!!

  2. Two weeks in a row the tears. Maybe you need a new profession.

  3. You said it well, Sarah. I remember along with you, his kindness, humor, integrity, and godly example. He welcomed a slightly bratty pastor's kid into his home on a regular basis...I still remember the Daily Bread readings that you guys would have before eating dinner. He also gave my brother a job and great early training in his construction career. He was a good man, for sure.

  4. Why does your blog always make me cry??? That little L is pretty insightful!

  5. Apparently I have a knack for making people cry, but Susan I haven't figured out how to get paid for that yet...

    No guarantees that next week you won't cry either. I am planning a showcase called things I used to wear. I know I cry a little when I see how huge those jeans are :-)

    Thanks Laura! Hugs to your family, as you miss your dad today today.

  6. Sarah, what a beautiful tribute to your Father and husband. I miss my Dad too!! Blessings to you!! Hugs!


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