From 2006 till today, things have changed on January 26th. My dad passed away April 2005 and since then the meaning of January 26th has totally changed. I still celebrate the day that God allowed that amazing man to be born, but I am also reminded of the few years that God let him live... so very few years....
I went to the cemetery to take my dad his favorite flowers....
A big dozen of red roses.
I got to stick around for a while and contemplate the beauty of his grave stone and all it represents, both for him and to me.
There were so many things I wished to tell him but words failed. David Seltzer said, "For some moments in life there are no words." This was one of those moments. I had no words, just a broken heart full of love for my Daddy....
I was also reminded of the song Finally Home by MercyMe. The beginning lyrics are breathtaking....
I'm gonna wrap my arms around my Daddy's neck,
and tell him that I've missed him.
And tell him all about the (wo)man I became,
and hope that it please him.
There's so much I want to say,
there's so much I want him to know.
When I finally make it Home.
I can't wait till I finally make it Home to see my amazing dad again, but in the meantime, here's a red rose for him...
In the end, the only words that come to mind are those in Job 1:21.
God gives. God takes.
God's Name be EVER Blessed.
Happy Birthday Dad. I miss you. And I love you beyond words.