My Daddy Made It

Today marked exactly 50 days since we discovered my dad is fighting cancer. I would say that was the exact day my entire life perspective drastically changed. So often we think we’ve got forever on this earth. Then something exposes our humanity and the brevity of life. All things considered dad is doing the best possible at this point in his chemo journey.

Dad spent the Christmas holidays in the hospital. Then, he came home and we all just started breathing in life’s daily uncertainties. There’s been a lot of tears, prayers, and deep pondering moments. The past month my 9 year old has called my dad most nights. He just says “Grandaddy I’ve called to pray with you tonight.” Then dad simply says, “you go right ahead. I will take all the prayers I can get.” This has been very moving to watch every step of the way.

Every night this past week my 9yr old kept telling his Grandaddy about his birthday party. He was like a kid waiting on Christmas daily. His face would light up as he asked his granddaddy if him and Mimi would be able to come to his birthday. Of course, my dad said he wouldn’t miss it for anything. However, I knew deep down only time would tell if that was possible. Sadly, I didn’t feel I could fully explain that to a 9yr old boy.

I’ve never been so glad to see someone arrive at a birthday party. There dad was right behind the happiest birthday boy ever. He might not have felt like it. But, he made it and I’m sure my son felt it was a total answer to his prayers. I don’t think there will be anything moving forward I will take for granted. Each of us must know that today or tomorrow is never promised. So, love others while you can and celebrate every blessed moment from God above.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

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