Father's Day has been a little tough since my Dad passed away in 2003. His birthday is the 22nd of June, so it is usually a double whammy. I always end up buying Kevin one of those fun & playful cards from the kids, because it only takes a few of the sentimental ones to make me teary-eyed. I can't help but think of how much I miss my own Dad when I read them, and it's just too much to open those wounds again... a least for now.
Going through some of GG's things, I found his Bible. This was his rock, especially later in his life. As I examined the book, I found that familiar handwriting on a back page. My eyes welled as I read the things he said to me often...
- Put God first.
- Face sin and failure in your life.
- Keep your heart clean and pure.
- Guard your heart. Prov 4:23
- Git rid of all the bitterness and unforgiveness.
- Maintain your tongue.
- Renew spiritual strength daily.
- Live one day at a time.
- Act on God's promises.
- Let Him have your worries. IPeter 5:7
- Let go of your past- Your sins are not only forgiven, they are forgotten.
As I flipped through the pages of his worn, leather Bible, I found a small photo album carrying the pictures of his baptism. I know that he was a Christian and loved God with all his heart- he was a faithful servant and when the Lord called him home I know he was ready.
I told him I loved him, hugged him goodbye, and got into the car. The next morning he was gone...
Dance recital, 1984
Field Day, 1st grade
Before Disneyland when I was four