28 March 2009

In Memory of Daddy


Three years ago tomorrow, my Dad went home to Jesus after a long battle with cancer. The morning he died, one of the nurses had commented that she wondered if my Mom was there to get him (Mom had died 19 months before). My siblings and I were all there when he went home. After hours of praying and waiting, there was a silence when we all gathered around him as we knew the moment had arrived. I remember after his being unconscious for hours, his eyes seemed to clear and he looked at each of us once more. I treasure that moment before he went to be with Mom in Heaven.

This picture is from 2002. We call it the 3 Peters. My Dad, my oldest nephew (he was 18 at the time), and my oldest son. Dad always loved that two of his 25 (almost 26!) grandchildren carried his name.

For my parents:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O, Lord, and let the Perpetual Light shine upon them. May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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7 comments:

Amy said...

My thoughts are with you on this day. HUGS!

Nancy said...

What a beautiful gift you were given at the moment of your dad's passing!

Aussie Therese said...

beautiful post Therese. Praying for comfort for you especially on this day.

Meghan said...

Beautiful post, Aunt Therese!

Sarah (JOT) said...

God be with you and grant you His peace. Eternal rest grand unto them, O Lord.

Kim H. said...

I'm thinking of you today -- and I'll be praying for your parents. I think it's so awesome how God allowed you those special final moments with your Dad here on this earth.

Sending extra HUGS today!!!

Lisha said...

Beautiful post and my thoughts are with you :) The picture is wonderful and I also think it is amazing that that many grandchildren carried his name. A man to be respected and loved forever. :)