Monday, July 27, 2009

Family Moments

Last night we had a wonderful time as a family. Dad requested that all his girls spend some time with him as he was sensing a lot of change in his body. He said that he felt different and that he might be in the last stage of the disease. He asked us to pray for a peaceful transition from this life to the next. He also also said he wanted to pray a prayer of blessing over his girls. We silently placed our hands under his as he prayed in his heart for us. It was very special.

We shared stories, laughed, cried and prayed together. All of had been working on some Father's Day songs that had not been finished. Ang and Christina's is radio-worthy and mine and Emily's is at best, laugh-worthy. We are so thankful for time. It truly is a gift. My mom saved a copy of a poem I started to write last summer and forgot about. Last night, I was able to finish it.
It's called, "You're Still My Dad."

You're still my dad
Though your speech has gotten slow,
You still have so much wisdom
That I need to help me grow.

You're still my dad
Though your feet don't move as fast,
Your faithful steps have guided many
In the present and the past.

You're still my dad
Though you no longer talk a lot
I can guess what you are thinking
When the twinkle in your eye lights up.

You're still my dad
You are not the burden that you feel,
I have prayed that in your heart
You would truly know that's real.

You will always be my dad
Even when you are no longer here,
The impact you will have
Will forever be so near.

You will always be my dad
When many years have come to pass
I only hope to be the faithful servant
That you were until your last.

4 comments:

Natalie said...

Steph your poem is beautiful! Even if your song was "laugh-worthy at best" I am sure your dad was blessed by it. We are here for you and love you! xo

Hailey said...

I love you sooo much! and your words touch my heart!!! Love you guys!!
Hailey Bell

Ellen said...

Thank you for sharing your heart! I continue to pray for each of you...

Chris said...

Please let your mom know I am continuing to pray for you all.
Chris Adams, LifeWay