“Who needs fathers? We all do. We especially need our Father in heaven, who forgives our parenting inadequacies for Jesus’ sake and who enables us each day with a fresh start. Just as the loving father in Luke’s gospel welcomed home his lost son, our Father will one day welcome us into heaven together with all others who love and trust in Jesus.”
~ Dr. Rodney Rathmann
This is jdoe’s lil-sis.
I have been reflecting and sketching out memories, thoughts. Sparked by father’s day and receiving the most recent blog written by my brother (to be posted next time). The blog post talks about the impact jdoe’s illness and medication has had on him recently – and in it he talks about having lost his ability to see his future.
The quote that ended jdoe’s last post, and opens mine asks “Who needs fathers?” … We all need fathers. Our earthly father that God blessed us with, and our Heavenly Father God.
We lost our father earlier this year, so the months that have followed have found us with twisted heart when we read a card or letter from our Mom, now only signed ‘love Mom.’ Or the fact that we didn’t have to shop and send a father’s day card. Our father for many years prior to his passing was locked in a prison of his own; one that left him unable to walk, remember, and eventually talk. For several years Dad was ever there, but darkening – his sun was setting. This relationship we had with our father is not unlike the relationship my brother now has with his children. My brother is locked in exile, physically removed from day to day family life and restricted in communication. Yet, there is a fundamental difference – he is still fully available, and has life to look forward to – a new dawn over the horizon.
I thought I’d write this week’s post, remind my brother jdoe of the vibrant future that lies in-front of him with a strong family that he helped to build. Remind him of the person he is.
Do you remember these words, bro? Below is from an excerpt from an email I sent my brother a couple years back – I’d like to focus on the “Father” in him…
I thought about you a lot today. And I was thinking, I cannot even start to imagine what it feels like to walk in your shoes. All the feelings and experiences that lay behind you. Looking out over what looks like very rocky ground infront of you.
Then I started thinking about the man standing in those shoes, You, jdoe.
This is the man I see standing in your shoes…
A devoted son, brother, friend, and father. You have a deep well of love for family, friends, even strangers.
A man that has raised four great children that have turned into wonderful, loving, hard working, respectful, fun, adults. You instilled family, just look how your kids like to be around each other.
Your love for jane is deep and strong, obvious to anyone who sees the two of you together. What an amazing example the two of you have set for your children and others.
Someone whom I, and others, look to for sound advice.
Someone whom I, and others, can trust.
You know what to say, and how to say it.
Intelligent, hardworking, and dedicated to anything you put your head and heart into. Through your daily demonstration, your children now also live these characteristics out.
Someone who has learned from his mistakes, and grown better from them. Who now shares his experiences in hopes to help others.
You have a contagious smile and laugh, spreading joy and light. Fun and playful, wise and thoughtful.
You are a talented artist, with cars, music, stories, painting rooms (lol), re-upholstering, well just about everything you touch. You are willing to share your knowledge with those willing to learn.
You are thoughtful, tender and compassionate, strong and firm.
A gentleman, kind and respectful.
Love Thou jdoe ~lilsis