Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Heaven Sent

9/11 brings back so many memories--such deep sadness and despair.  Yet hope.  It seems an appropriate day to share with you that my father passed away last weekend.

Even though we knew this day would come, even though we knew the evil cancer would eventually overtake, even though we knew how empty the world would feel--we didn't really know. 

Grief.

Anguish.

Heartache.

Our solace is knowing he is now FREE!  Free of pain and confinement!  Free to hike through green forests, spot eagles in the far-off distance, free to chop wood, eat ice cream, LAUGH and DANCE!

I remember one of our last days together.  For a few minutes we were alone, and with tears running down my cheeks I asked, "Dad, when you get to heaven, will you give Joe a great big hug from me?"

He looked right at me and nodded.

And that brings me comfort.  I love thinking of the two of them together in heaven--sharing stories, playing cribbage, and building bird houses.  I know Joe was very, VERY happy to see his Papa again. 

And I can just see my dad running towards Joe, hugging him tight again and again, then whispering that the first hug came directly from his Mama. 

Forever loved.  Forever remembered.  You will be missed--until we meet again. 







 
 



 
 
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”  ~  John 14:1-4

 

6 comments:

S said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Alex and Riann said...

Heavy hearted for you and yours. Much love from our family...

Coleen said...

Hugs to you and your family. So very sorry.

Anonymous said...

Very sorry about your loss. Beautiful tribute and praying for you and your family.


God bless you all


ERIKA

necessarygrace said...

Ann, I'm so sorry for your loss. At the same time, I envy the assurance you have, knowing your father is in heaven, knowing you will see him again. It really is a Blessed Assurance.
Thinking of you and praying for you and your family during this time.

asian~treasures said...

Sorry for your loss. Hugs to you & yours.