My Dad (December 9th)

On December 9, 2015, my Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep at home. He was 70 years old.

The past few months, and the past few years, have been an incredible journey – not an easy journey, certainly, but amazing nonetheless. Somewhere around 8 years ago, Dad was diagnosed with cancer which had metastasized, and given only a few months to live. He and my mom went through an incredible process with medical treatments and self-teaching, beginning with chemo and radiation, but ultimately finding healing through prayer and diet. I can’t begin to describe all of the step-by-step revelations that Mom and Dad received from the Lord as they faced challenge after challenge and committed each one into His hands, all the comfort and joy, all the guidance and shepherding… 

I was so proud of the way my Dad leaned on and grew in the Lord over the past years – it was amazing and humbling and inspiring to witness. We shared so many conversations about our experiences with Him, our growth in learning His ways and trusting in Him day-by-day. Although we were both at different stages in life, we had the same goal – to live in complete obedience to His perfect will…So there was always something new to talk about and rejoice over!

The last time we saw my parents was when we visited at Christmas several years ago. It was a great visit – the boys got to do lots of backyard exploring…

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And playing with toys…

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Vivi was tiny, but curious…

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And there was lots of snuggling 🙂

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Since then, my family moved to Bellingham, and it’s been all phone calls since…I had hoped to be moved to Texas to see Dad one last time before he went home to the Lord, but we also both knew that may not be in the plan. We had some tears, but overwhelming those tears was the joy we felt in knowing that we have eternity together, that perfect and unalterable Hope, certain and unchanging, that makes it only a matter of time, and only the blink of an eye, until we are all together in Jesus!

See you soon, Dad!

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4 thoughts on “My Dad (December 9th)

  1. Tim and I send our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your dad. He of course is in a much better place and you will see him again in heaven.

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  2. Our family was privileged to have met him in person. His love for you and your family was so evident. May God bless you and comfort you. “Ain’t no grave gonna hold him down” ~ Dave Crowder

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