Thursday, January 10, 2008

Mom's Memories of Dad-01.10.08

To My Dear Children
Thinking of all of you this morning, as I have finished my quiet time and praising the Lord for each of you.
It has been a tearful week for me and I just wanted to take a few minutes and share some of the things that I worked through these past days as I was coming up to the 3rd year of dad's home going.
For the first couple of years it was hard for me to think much about him that was positive and for these 2 years, I would just think about the year that he suffered so much with all that was going on with his body. Being a caregiver was not easy, but with all of your help and encouragement during those days, each of you helped me tremendously.
This week started out with thoughts of dad and tears of gratefulness for the legacy that he had helped produce and the trophy of grace that each of you have shown. Your children are blessed and are such delights and when the family gathers it is such a reminder, that dad was all part of this for which I cried.
I then started to see different scriptures that carried me through these past months and couple of years and once again God's Word was such a comfort. I then went back in my journal and looked over some of the entries that were good and some not so good, but felt this was important so that I could truly lay to rest some of the areas that troubled me. God was so gracious and filling me with truth and joy and perhaps these verses will show you why.
Psalm 6:11 “ Thou will shew me the path of life;
In thy presences is the fullness of joy;
At thy right hand are pleasures forever more.
As I meditated on this I have seen how God has directed my path and brought Wayne into my life and as I have spent time with the Lord HIS presence has given me such joy in the Word and now at this time of my life HE is giving me pleasure I had never experienced before.
I could share other things as well, but this morning I was reminded what God did for me when he gave me Ps. 30:11” Thou hath turned my mourning in the dancing; thou hath put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, to the end that my glory will not be silent ; O God I will praise thee forever.”
I am thanking the Lord today for the wonderful thoughts about dad and know each year he will be missed more and more. I thank HIM for showing me the way to witness and the importance of souls and to be able to experience God's Amazing Grace today.
I want to also share with you how God has used Wayne this week. In my tearful times, especially when I was going threw my journal he would just let me talk and cry and loved on me as never before and comforted me with his encouraging words. He understood totally why this year was more tearful for me than the other two and prayed with me for comfort at this time. He has been so comforting.
Linda, I did get your call yesterday and appreciated it so much. I think all of us had some tearful days this week. Now today will pass and as we keep the happy memories, we all can rejoice with the memories and the legacy that is ours.
I love you all so much and I know that as each anniversary passes we will miss him more, but for today, rejoice in knowing that he is with the Lord he loved and served so faithfully.

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