Why I Love My Dad: Grand Finale FeaturedWritten by DToday Editors Thursday, 12 June 2014 12:16
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A couple of years after becoming disciples in 1996, my brother and I lost our mother in 2001. Our dad had passed in 1982. Right after our mother passed away, a couple at the church "adopted" my brother and me. We developed a great relationship with this couple even calling them Ma and Pa.
Kelvin (Pa) became a close friend. Even though he was physically younger, he was like a father figure especially in areas involving my walk with God. -- James Peterson, Milwaukee Church of Christ
I think I love my dad the most for how he’s let God change him.
Fifteen years ago my mom and I were praying every day that dad would be restored to God, a seemingly hopeless request. Today, my father is doing mission work in Japan, striving to lead others to Christ in a nation where hearts are as hard as his once was.
Now that he’s across the world I’ve realized how much my dad has done to help me understand how much God loves me through his own love for me. So I’m writing to thank you Dad.
Dad, I miss how your hugs made me feel safe and protected, how I was enveloped in the calm of your embrace.
You taught me that God is my rock, and an unfailing fortress around me. -- Sarah Kimura, Los Angeles International Church of Christ
For myself I am and remain one of the most blessed women to have been given such a wonderful father. He represents my pride and joy. He warms my soul and cracks my heart. There is nothing I would not do for him. He is at the top of my list of joys in my life. I cherish each and every moment we are blessed to be able to share.
My relationship with my father is one that most of my friends envy (so they have stated). I am so very proud of what we share and how we have grown closer over the years.
Today, my father has been diagnosed with stage four (IV) lung cancer. My heart hurts daily for the pain he endures. What I know for sure is that there is no other place I desire to be than by his side. I live 5 minutes from them and take them to their appointments as needed. What I know for sure is that no matter what, I will be by his side. I will be his caregiver. I will sacrifice what needs to be sacrificed to make sure he is taken care of no matter what. It is a true honor and other than having a relationship with God. -- Elaine Brimage, Phoenix Church of Christ
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