My dad came to visit.
And I count more graces, because I'm filled with thanksgiving.
~a long weekend trying to make up for lost time
~a living demonstration that love never fails
~a father and a grandfather that flies to you
~a game of scrabble with a wayward letter "R"
~cheating to help your granddaughter
~fighting over who sleeps on the couch
~facing the pain head-on
~precious time alone together
~things I never knew
~round table discussions
~hundred dollar bills and decisions, decisions
~saying everything that needed to be said, fully and finally
~never having to again...unless we just want to
~that somehow this time was different
~wanting more when you thought you didn't
~magic pennies and wanting more of them, too
~songs about rainbows and things coming back in style
~memories I don't want to forget
~not really knowing what to do today after he's gone
~so engaged in the moments that there aren't enough pictures
~salty tears to baptize and raise a relationship to newness of life
~a husband with gentle wisdom, who already knew
~flying away home...free
~a mutual pledge to read for each other
~making peace with the past and each other
~late nights and being tired
~a goodbye with hope for the not-so-distant future
~almost speechless at the wonder of it all
~being overwhelmed by the goodness of God's grace
This is the Lord's doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~Psalm 118:23-24
I share this post in community with Ann Voskamp and friends whose walk with Him is about parenting this week.