6/16/08

Father's Day

I'm writing this in hopes that each of you had a great Father's Day weekend. Those of you who have fathers still alive, I hope you made time to spend with them and to let them know how much they mean to you. For those like me, whose father has gone on to be with the Lord, I hope you took the time to reflect on the years you had with your "daddy" and to thank God for good memories.

Saturday morning, one of my sisters and I helped with the "Watermelon Fun Run" in Cordele. All of the proceeds from the event went to PanCAN (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network). My daddy died April 28, 2007 from Pancreatic cancer. He lived only four months after his diagnosis. It's such a painful and cruel cancer, and is the least funded with Federal money. My family is dedicated to bringing awareness to this horrible disease.

On the way to the event, I found myself thinking about my daddy, and it all of a sudden occurred to me that the event was on Father's Day weekend. Man, that hit me like a ton of bricks! This is only the second Father's Day without my dad, and I miss him so much!

Tears came to my eyes as I watched the runners stretching and gearing up for the race. I'm sure many of them were there just to run, with no thought to the charity the proceeds would go to. But there were others who stopped by the PanCAN table to share thoughts about this horrible disease. A little girl from my home county and her mother were among the participants. This little girl has been battling cancer for years, and is winning the battle! After seeing her, it occurred to me that we are progressing in our fight against this horrible disease. Many people are cured or are in remission. My family prayed so hard for my daddy to be healed. He was, not on this earth, but on the other side in heaven.

It would be easy to try to skip Father's Day and hide away somewhere, but I have decided to make that day a day to pay tribute to my earthly father, and to spend a little extra time with my Heavenly Father on that day. It puts a smile on His face every time we talk with him and study the lessons He has written for us. Just as my earthly father did, my Heavenly Father loves and cares for me and wants only the best for his little girl.

Let's all make an effort to spend quality time with our Father each day and to thank him for the our earthly fathers and their love and care.

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