In one of my son’s classes, the unthinkable occurred. The Father in a family passed away. I did not know what to do. After much prayer, I sat down and wrote this for his child. I pray it can help anyone else who might find themselves in such a place.
My father left us when I was very young, and years later he passed away. I know all too well the gap left from losing a Father. My heartfelt prayers go out to anyone dealing with this situation.
Father’s come in many shapes and sizes. Some are very loud, and some hardly speak at all. They can be hard at times, and they can fill our hearts with love when we’re in their arms. Our Father instills in us our foundation for the first steps we take on our path through Life.
Sometimes a Father has enough time to pass all he’s learned on to their child. For others, this time gets cut short. Regardless how much time we get the love a Father has for their child lasts a lifetime.
If there were something which could be said by a Father who didn’t get the chance to say it, I would imagine it might sound something like this…
“Don’t be afraid to explore your dreams, but remember you must always live up to and honor your responsibilities. There will be times when you win, and there will be times when you lose. Through all of, it never forget at the end of everything you’re not going to be judged by what you did, but by how you loved.
Seek knowledge and wisdom with a vengeance, and do not be afraid to lead others who can learn from you. Hold yourself accountable for your actions and your words, and don’t be afraid to hold others accountable for theirs. However, remember that judgment itself is reserved for God alone.
It’s ok to be passionate about something, but beware letting your passions lead you away from becoming who you are meant to be. Love with all your heart, but guard against giving it freely to those who would abuse it. Be willing to forgive, not just those who hurt you, but yourself as well.
Remember my child, you’re precious to me and words will never be able to explain the value you hold in my heart.
Please accept my apologies for the days we will not have together, but know I’m with you every moment. If you ever want to talk to me, just close your eyes and speak out your words. I’m listening, and if you allow your mind and heart to be calm and still… I’ll be there to answer you.
I’m grateful for the time with you the Lord afforded me, and am both proud and excited to see what He has planned for your life. Trust in Him, for He remains in control and I’m honored He’s called me home.
Finally, don’t be in a rush to see me again. We will have our time when your journey is complete, but until then enjoy every moment the Lord gives you. On the day your journey here has ended, I will be waiting for you on the other side, with my arms open wide.”