It's been 24 years since I saw you. I think about you all the time. I remember your walk, your cologne, your stories at the dinner table. I remember your pride in me and the certainty that God was going to do something special with my life.
I reach way back in my memories of you and remember tickle wars, the teasing, silly songs and the way you always made us laugh.
I long to hear your voice again.
I will never know why, this side of eternity, that God had you go Home at such a young age, long before even all your grandchildren were born. It seems like you could have done so much good here. You had so much wisdom to share. You could have been there and guided us through things we didn't understand, but you would have, because you had been through them. We all needed you!
Maybe the truth is we would have leaned on you more than God. We had to learn that He is where we go when times were hard, not to our earthly daddy.
When the time is right, I will walk through the door at Home and see Jesus, just like you did. But I think you will be there, too, and then the longing will be over.
As I wrote this tribute to my dad, with eyes full of tears and a throat tight with holding back emotion, I thought of you. Do you have someone you long to see? Leave a comment and share because our feelings are important and sometimes you just need to express them.
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