"For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." II Timothy 4:7-8
I can't think of better words to describe my Dad. He might not have lived a very spiritual life, or talked much about his faith, and I can't say for sure when he came to have a relationship with Christ. But I choose to believe that in the past few days, weeks or months, he has come to faith. I have peace with that, and I know that it doesn't matter how long you've known Jesus in this life, trapped inside this temporal body. If you profess, you will receive the crown of righteousness.
My dad's battle with cancer is coming to an end...imminently. I guess I knew in my heart, though I hoped not, that when I came down here, I would be here for the end. It's been a roller coaster over the past three weeks, but I wouldn't trade it in for the world. There have been tears, but there has also been laughter. For a few days last week, Dad was getting better, recovering. He was still confused and out of sorts, but he was still dad with his uncanny sense of humor and his love of life. In those days, he didn't even remember that he had cancer. What a blessing...to see my dad in his purest form.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. I continue to covet them, and I know, for those of you that are in Maryland, I will need them even more so when I get home and return to a life I haven't lived in for almost a month.
Some people have asked for an address for me down here:
C/O Cathy Pennington
605 Kettle Creek Drive
Grovetown, GA 30813
I'll let you know when he passes and what will happen next.
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