The night that he died, I held him in my arms and sang his favorite hymns to him. He was having such a struggle to even connect with me, he had gotten so sick. When I would start a new song, Dad would open those crystal blue eyes and look so deep into my soul, then close his eyes as I sang the rest. I knew He was staying because I couldn't let go. Finally, I told him, "Dad, I will take care of mom, I promise. And I will take care of myself. And I will keep you in my heart, always." Then Dad took his last three breaths, and stepped into Heaven, with our Heavenly Father. He didn't have a smile on his face as he left. I know heaven is amazing, but I know dad wanted to stay here with us so much.
Recently, Jesus spoke to me on this.
In my life, I've read books, attending conferences, prayed, searched and counseled on how to live out my Christian faith in this world full of troubles. But truly, it is very simple. We all have a loving, compassionate Heavenly Father. He longs to sit and visit with us, hear our stories, our troubles - but most of all He needs us to listen. He sent us a great example to live by - Jesus Christ.
Jesus was crucified, but He still lives and is present in our every day lives. And if you want to feel close to Him, if you want to experience Him daily - try living like Him. Try doing things the way He would have done them instead of your own way. God the Father wants us to carry on reflecting HIS heart in what we think, say, do and feel. Complete the promises you made to Him. He will show up in such a powerful way. If you don't know Him yet, I would sure love to tell you about Him. He is an easy Father to know and love. He never turns down an invitation! He's a good, good Father. And you are very loved by Him. Would you allow Him to be alive in your heart today? It is the most peace you will ever know.
"Whoever has my commands and keeps them, he is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them" John 14:21
Happy Father's Day in Heaven daddy. Thank you for showing me by example what my Heavenly Father is like. I love you both, immensely.