I was reading back through posts I’ve written about fatherhood. I saw this one I wrote after my Dad passed. It’s been three years today. It’s a good reminder to myself. I wanted to share it with you.
I’ve been away from posting the last two weeks. My father was in the hospital and passed away peacefully after a long fight against emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. I’ve been taking time to help my family and to reflect on my Dad’s life. I wanted to share something that was sent to me by a friend:
“The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians church, “Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.” Many scholars feel that “joy” and “crown” have a futuristic view in mind that Paul is looking forward to their relationship in Heaven.
As believers, we know that relationships don’t end here. One day we will rejoin our believing husband, wife, son, daughter, mother, father and other family and friends. The nature of the relationship may change some but not the love, devotion or memory.
Life is not about “getting over it.” It’s not even about “getting through it.” It’s about finding new ways in the Lord to adjust to the loss that we are enduring. It’s about maintaining a hope and a passion for the present and the future. No, things are not the way we want it right now. No, we’re not happy about what has taken place.” No, we don’t want to smile.” I get it and it makes perfect sense to me.”