On August 29, 2016, my dad died suddenly of heart failure. He was 71. I’m finally bringing myself to write about him. But, instead of writing something new. I think I’d like to share what I wrote about my daddy before his funeral. I was thinking I may like to share it at his memorial service, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
“Today is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
My dad would say this every Sunday morning to wake us up and get ready for church.
He would open the drapes and let the sunshine fill our rooms.
He looked forward to each and every Sunday, where he could fellowship and spend time with the Lord after a week of hard work.
He worked hard for his family.
He also enjoyed spending time with us kids on the weekends when we were young.
He would take us swimming at Wolf Lake and Lake Michigan.
He would have a pocketful of gospel tracts with him, and slip them into people’s car windows as we walked to the beach.
He would take us roller skating at the Hammond roller rink.
On Friday evenings he would line us all up in the living room and hand out spending money to each of us and our friends.
Then he would pack us all up in our big blue van and take us out.
When Daddy had some leisure time, he would be downstairs in his little office in the basement.
He enjoyed playing his records.
Johnny Cash was one of his favorites.
He would always play “Sneaky Snake” and “Elvira” for us kids.
He loved singing along to the songs.
He also enjoyed playing his guitar.
I would often find him in his office at his desk with his Bible open.
In one hand he held a pen, the other hand a ruler.
I would watch him carefully outline verses in his Bible.
I know what happened the moment my father left this world.
He pulled away those drapes one last time, and let in the most radiant light he has ever seen.
He took the Lord’s hand and he said, “Today is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
I love you Daddy with all my heart, and I miss you every single day. If it weren’t for you, I would not be the woman I am today, and have the family I have always dreamed of and prayed for. I can’t wait… I seriously cannot wait until I see you again. What a day that will be!