Today is one of those days. You dread it for months, you watch each week as it approaches and then, days turn into THE DAY, and you just wake up knowing…and dreading. It’s hard and that day can be a different day for everyone but we all have it, and if you do not have “that day” yet, you will.
I went to sleep knowing what I would face, and also knew that a handful of people were feeling the same dread I was, but for the most part….no one else would even think about it. I did my usual routine this morning (SUPER into routines): coffee, small talk with JY as he makes breakfast, and to the table for my morning read and word with Jesus.
I had been reading in Jeremiah, but Monday I decided I needed a little Paul in my life so I
hoped over to IThessalonians. I generally read a chapter a day, but yesterday I got interrupted and had to stop half way through 4, I jotted down a small note to start at 1Thes 4:13, so when I sat down this morning this is what I read…..
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1Thessalonians 4:13-18
Seriously….So on the 2nd anniversary of my Dad’s passing, I am trying to celebrate. Celebrate the life I have lived with both of my amazing parents, but mainly the life I WILL LIVE WITH THEM IN ETERNITY! Today I will talk about my dad and how amazing he was with anyone who gives me the opportunity. I will share stories about him with Olivia, so she never forgets how much her Poppa loved her and how proud he was of her and happy he would be to see the progress she is making as a horseman. Today, I will cry, I will laugh, and I will rejoice that my dad knew who his savior was and that I will be reunited with him again.
It is really strange, the things you remember about a memorial for someone as special as your dad, I can only imagine that everyone feels the same as I do, but I remember there were so many people with so many wonderful memories of my dad. Several stood up and shared, I remember feeling so thankful so many people stood up and told us things about him, or messaged us and shared their memories about something he had done that changed their lives, or impressed them. One thing stood out to me….our pastor CR Chapman, after reading his obituary added his own line. He wrote it on the bottom of our program and a little more than a month ago, that program was returned to me….it said “& a Good Feller”
….and he WAS!!!!!