When I’m down and feeling blue
I’ll take a memory of you,
and let it dance inside my mind to lift and lighten sadness
there with memories and love so rare;
which comes from hearts like yours and mine that love
with all that love can bear. – Cathy Chandler
This month marks six years since our dad left us and went home to heaven. As I write this, I am thinking of my four sisters and brother who live in South Alabama; Carole, Sheila, Jean, Freddie, and Cathy. You are much in my heart and prayers today!
We remember dad, our greatest encourager and cheerleader. So often we heard him say, “Everything’s going to be all right”. His words echoed God’s Word. “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”. (Romans 8:28)
We remember when daddy rocked us as babies, holding us close in his arms as he sang songs over us. Songs like “Jesus Keep me Near the Cross” and “Draw Me Nearer to the Cross”. Those songs must have been etched deep into our hearts, because all seven of us embraced Jesus as our Savior when we were children. We would later understand the picture of a loving Heavenly Father singing over His children. “The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3: 17 NIV).
We remember dad saying he was a rich man because of the family God had given him. Looking back, we believe he would have given his life for any one of the seven children and many grandchildren given to him. “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from Him. (Psalm 127: 3 NLT). Thank you God for showing us what it means to be part of a loving family given and blessed by You.
We remember Dad’s gift of laughter. We loved hearing him laugh at his own jokes. We remember one particular movie that became a tradition to watch with him; just so we could have the joy of watching him almost come out of his chair because he would become so tickled. His laughter was contagious!! At times we laughed so hard with him, we would have just about gotten down and rolled on the floor with him!! Thank you God for showing us the joy of laughter through our dad.
There are so many more stories about our dad we could tell. Maybe they will come later. For now, I close with the reminder of all the years Dad was true to our mother. He loved her, provided for her, and protected her for almost 68 years.
Thank you God for giving us a dad who left his children and grandchildren family with a rich legacy of faith, hope, and love.
By faith through grace alone,