Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

What can I say?
What can I do?
But offer this heart O God
Completely to You

My dad would have turned 58 today.  What wouldn't I give to celebrate with him today?

As I sit here and try to think of the right words to say, all I can think of is the lyrics to 'The Stand' by Hillsong.  (It's funny that would come to mind since my mom had told me the other day that if she had to pick a word for the year, it would be just that - stand.  I didn't even know the title of that song until I just looked it up to reference it.)  What is there to say?  What is there to do?  But to surrender it all.  To trust God's divine plan.  I don't understand it.  I don't always like it.  But I have to trust it.

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I am grateful for 25 wonderful years with a dad who loved me and his family with his whole heart.  He put us first - always - even in the very end.  I am thankful for a father who made me laugh and gave me my sense of humor.  I am thankful for a father who rain or shine, always came through in a time of need.  His wisdom and guidance has helped to mold and shape me into the person that I am today - and for that, I am grateful.

No one ever thinks it's going to be their last birthday or their last Christmas.  Love the ones you are with.  Let them know how much you love them.  Hug them close and enjoy the small moments - those are the ones you miss the most.  It's not good-bye, it's so-long for now.  One day, we'll embrace again.  

'The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.' Psalm 34:18

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