Friday, February 3, 2012

Celebrating In Heaven~

Last September on a Thursday morning my dad called me. We talked about the flood that had covered his place up on the lake. He was about to take a camping trip and he could not wait to leave. He had his menu planned for he and one of his fishing buddies. He loved to cook and he was good at it. He had his groceries bought and his bags were packed. He was so excited about his camping trip.

 He told me the Farmer's Almanac had predicted a bad winter for us. He was wrong about it being a bad winter. But maybe God knew I would need a springtime in the middle of winter this year.  

We talked of gardening~ he loved to garden and was good at it. He did not like winter and was dreading the cold. But he liked to paint and he was good at that too. He would paint pictures during the winter and give them away. I love to cook and paint.

 We had the best talk. I just listened as he talked and talked not much like him at all. He had so much to say that day~ so I listened. I am so glad we had that talk~ for it was the last time I talked to my dad.  I am so glad I just listened~ which is not normal! ha! 

He went out in his yard Monday night~ no one knows why? It was there he passed out of this life and into Glory. He was not a religious man but he had accepted Christ as his Saviour. He never made it to his camping trip~ but took the trip of a lifetime. I so wished I could have said goodbye~ but really I am horrible at goodbyes~ not really sure I could have done it. I guess looking back ~ God knew best. 

He loved to garden~ and would be browsing his favorite seed catalogs by now. I am just sure there have to be big beautiful gardens in Heaven ~and I am sure he has found one to tend. 

My grandmother always said, "You know your parents better dead than alive." Why is that?  It's as if the book has been written and the last chapter has been closed and now you see them more clearly and understand. Maybe it is finally when we realize just how hard life was for them and we give them grace. Never do you understand until the day comes when they are gone~ you can't pick up the phone and call them. You can't hug them and tell them you love them. You just do not realize how very much they mean to you and how much you have always needed them.

I knew today would bring a fresh flow of tears but I am so thankful my dad is in Heaven today celebrating his birthday with his Maker. One day I will see him again~

Happy Birthday Dad~

James 4:14  (KJV)

 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. 
For what is your life? It is even a vapour, 
that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.



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