Since it’s been over 6 months since I started the year with a question on how “happy” a new year it would be, I thought I’d give you an update — a little each day as I can find the time to breathe!
My father is still here (PTL!) but his mind is a little weaker and his pain a lot greater. His faith, however, remains unchanged. It’s as vibrant and as sure as it’s always been. His love for his family is steadfast and he takes joy whenever any of his 7 children, 21 grandchildren, or 21 great-grandchildren darken the door! But occasionally, he’ll sigh and say he’s really ready to go home — even seem a little impatient as he says it.
It’s increasingly hard to pray for him. I long for him to stay and teach me more but I know that means pain for him. I long for him to go and be healed once and for all, but that means pain for me. And so I try to spend as much time with him as possible and trust in God’s grace, mercy, and perfect timing. He has graced me with a loving, godly father; I know He’ll show mercy to Dad and take him home a the perfect time — and not a moment before.
My precious Dad — what a wonderful gift from my holy Father!