It is with profound sadness that I have to announce the loss of my father in-law who has been more like a Dad to me today at 1:43pm. Though not totally unexpected, he has been in hospice just under a year, it was still a kick in the gut. I cannot tell you how tall this man stood before me. he was a man who loved God, his family and country in that order.
He was dependable, proud yet not arrogant but knew what to do and never had to be asked, he was compassionate, forgiving as well as merciful, loving beyond description, caring, but never was willing to allow himself to be dependent until it was an absolute must. It was one of the most humbling of moments in his life.
I was honored to be chosen by him to walk through one of the toughest, heart wrenching seasons, I never saw coming; yet was glad to be there through it all. To provide, protect, love and when he needed to hear these words, I was blessed to be the one to say: "It's okay Dad, go to be with Linda in heaven and I'll see you soon."
It was immediately that he let go of all the fighting he had done to stay alive for others and he just loved life. To me, I know he is in heaven with the Lord, no more pain/sorrow/tears, he has a brand new body, and is reunited with his daughter who preceded him in death 10 years ago this month. He has missed her a lot.
So if I am quiet in writing or responding please know and understand why, which I am sure most of you will.