As we get close to Christmas, I know that it is a very hard time for many people for different reasons. This week someone very special to me had to say goodbye to their dad. He had been ill for a while and wanted to go home to heaven to be with his heavenly father and all those that had gone on before him. I never got to meet him but I felt like I knew him and knew him well.
You see, I am adopted and while looking for my medical history I found all of that plus so much more. I found a sister of whom I have become very close to her and to her family. What has this got to do with this man??? He was my sister’s father (we had different fathers).
Before my sister and I ever got to know each other she went to him for his permission and his blessing. He was a little apprehensive at first because he didn’t have a clue who I was or what I was like and he wanted to protect his daughter from being hurt. Only a good dad would want to protect you like this. To assure him I sent him an excerpt from a letter that I wrote to birth mothers and let him read it. After that, we had his approval and the rest as they say is history.
My sister and I have become such good friends and have discovered that we have a great deal in common – so much so it is almost eerie at times. We both love photography and have been able to go our together for a day of fun, laughter and photos. I diverse though… This great man that I started to talk about was one that cared so much for his children and his grandchildren. His granddaughter has shared many stories of happy times with him. He spent his life working extremely hard to give them the best that he could and no matter how hard or good times were they knew he loved them.
One description I read of him was that he was always smiling and they described his smile as genuine. I can believe that as every photo I have seen of him he has big smile and you can feel the love. One of his sayings was "Spring is the time of new life and he loved to plant the seeds in the ground and tend to the new plants. Summer is the time for things to grow and mature, and Fall is the time to reap the harvest, the bounty of all you toiled for. Winter was the time for things to die."
We don’t know when our time will come to leave this earth but we do know that God has a great plan for us while we are here. All we have to do is be ready and willing to say here I am lord, use me. I hope that if you start to feel a little melancholy during this season that you will turn it over to God and let him help you. He is there for you and wants to love on you like you have never been loved before. If you have lost a loved one in this season I pray the peace of God will give you comfort and you can remember the good times no matter if only a few or if it is many.
I pray a wonderful Christmas for you and all you know