Saturday, June 16, 2012

Father's Day without my Dad

I said goodbye to my dad almost two years ago.  He had fought a very long battle against congestive heart failure and irreversible heart disease, it was time to go.  I was blessed to be with him during his final hours.  

My dad was an amazing man!  He was a child of God, a Presbyterian preacher, a husband, a father to four, a grandfather to eight and a great grandfather to one.  He was my role model and my friend and I miss him!  He lived a life full of love and service.  I have no doubts about where he is or what he is doing.  As he lay dying a wrote a blog which was called things my dad taught me.  I read it to him before he died and we cried.  He asked me to read it at his memorial service, which I did, and I fought the tears but proudly read it and I got through it.  I can think of no better thing to share for Father's Day so here it is again; lessons from my dad, life lessons.  Happy Father's Day Dad!  I love you!

Here, in no particular order, are just a few of the things my dad has taught me:

If you want to catch fish, you have to use worms and you have to bait your own hook.

When cooking, always clean up as you go.

When playing Boggle, making up words is allowed as long as you snicker while you write them down.  If you are lucky one of them will be a real word.

It is OK to eat your Nana's cream puffs for breakfast.

Patience is a virtue especially when teaching teenagers to drive or when taking  them to pick out a Christmas tree.

God is good all the time.

Say you're sorry and mean it.

Let go of wrongs.

Forgive and forget. (Yes I know those were similar but they were worth repeating)

Love unconditionally.

God always answers prayers but not always the way we expect.

Always do your best.

Never put off saying I love you.

Treat others the way you would like to be treated, especially when it is difficult.

Even grown men like to play with tractors.

When faced with a broken bike, it is a good idea to take it to a bike shop for repairs.

Pay attention to the details.

Dog names are reusable.

If you can't say something nice, be quiet.

Good people come in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

Doing the right thing may not be easy, and no one may notice, but do it anyway.

And finally the one that seems most appropriate on a day like today:

At the end of even the worst day there is always something to be grateful for.

Thank you God for this gracious and loving man you chose to be my father.  

- I tried unsuccesfully to get my dad's favorite hymn to play in the background.  He loved Fairest Lord Jesus which is a beautiful hymn.  I know itunes and youtube have a version you can listen to if you are unfamiliar with it.  Enjoy and be grateful!

1 comment:

  1. i love this, more and more each time you post it!
    love you!