Today Was His Day!

It is Sunday afternoon – the time when I usually sit down to write our Monday post.  This post takes the most time – searching the internet to see what’s happening around town for great date ideas in order to share the list with you.

But today I’m a bit distracted.  Driving home from our Church’s service I felt a wave of sadness.  No reason, just that blue kind of feeling, and then I remembered why; today would have been my dad’s 88th birthday. This was a day he celebrated for over 80 years.  He left this world while I held his hand on January 3rd, 2004.  So much has happened in my life since I last saw him:

  • I’ve become a mother-in-law to Seth and Ashley.
  • I’ve become a Nana 4 times to Bristol, Norah, Willow and Bradley.
  • We started this blog to encourage Christian marriages.
  • Not to mention all the changes in our home and work.

It has been a full 7 years.  Yet, if I close my eyes I can still hear his laugh and the way he used to say my name, “Debra Doll”.  So today, I’m reflecting and discovering the joy that comes from mourning. I realize I will one day see my Dad again, for he loved his Savior, Jesus Christ, and for this I rejoice and have hope.

I will add this joy to my list of 100 joys – having a Dad who loved me and loved God.

Stanley and Leota Gray

Happy Birthday, Daddy!  I long for the day when I will see your smiling face again!  Today was and always will be your day in my heart – I love you and thank God for the joy you gave me in being your daughter!



About Debi Walter

Tom and Debi have been sharing encouragements through their blogs for many years. Marriage, Reading God's Word and documenting family history is our focus. Growing in our relationship with the Lord is primary in all we say, write or do. We are grateful for all who desire to join us in the same endeavors.
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