my dad passed away this weekend

My dad died on Friday evening, having struggled with Alzheimers for a few years.  Here are some great things in my life because of my dad:

  • a love and respect for the Holy Spirit:  my dad has always been super keen to be around the Holy Spirit and had tremendous respect and honor for what the Holy Spirit does and Who the Holy Spirit is
  • a love for beauty and creativity:  my dad has always been super creative & loved art and creative expressions in almost all ways.  To this day, my house is decorated with art that he passed on to me
  • respect for people:  my dad has always loved people and could chat for hours with all kinds of people – people at garage sales, people who would refinish furniture, people in restaurants, at stores, etc;  even if people were grumpy or mean, it didn’t phase my dad because he just liked people
  • hope for the future:  my dad has always been optimistic and had killer strong faith regardless of what he saw or experienced;  he confronted fear in my life when he saw that it was going to debilitate me & he challenged me to not let fear control me or my decisions

There’s TONS more to my dad – way more than a simple blog could express.  But this is a really small glimpse of a really great man.  Thanks heaps and heaps to my church family for being so supportive, gentle and kind to us through this experience.  If you’d like to join us when we celebrate his life, we’ll be having a celebration service on Nov 11 around 6pm at Orchard Road Christian Center

23 thoughts on “my dad passed away this weekend

  1. My prayers & thoughts are with you and your family. Our Abba’s peace and comfort be with you and your family.
    Much love,
    Belinda

  2. Sarah… My deepest sympathy in the loss of your “daddy”…Alzeimers is a horrible thing ; robbing the mind of all that was once so important to everyday living. Our blessings to you and your mom and family.

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. We will lift your family up in prayer. Thank you for sharing a little about your dad. I work with Alzheimer patients and I pray with and for them. It is just so great to hear that your father was a man of God and lived by the word of God.

  4. Your dad was a pastor’s pastor. I distinctly remember how he was able to recall peoples’ names and stories, even as the church grew bigger. I often find myself aspiring to pastor like him. I remember his desire to “psalm” and hope there’s a recording somewhere of him singing “Amen”. My condolences to you and my congratulations to him.

  5. I love the way your mom has shared about their relationship on TV over the years, and also the way you’ve spoken about your relationship with your parents. I pray that knowing he is with the Lord will give you the peace that passes all understanding.

  6. I’m sorry to hear about your father’s passing. It sounds like he was a great Dad. Wishing you much comfort in the days ahead. xo

  7. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during these days a head…I know words can not say how you must feel but I know that GOD will be their for you and your family through the tuft times ahead and his arms will be their to hold you and comfort all of you for the days to come…

  8. A Genuine Snowflake – Creation sent to be a blessing and fullfilled his mission – now unshackled by the bondages but joins the “great cloud/crowd of witnesses to cheer you on – with painless smiles and laughterjust for you!
    Be blessed!!

  9. YOUR LOVING MEMORIES OF YOUR DAD ARE BEAUTIFUL. MY PRAYERS ARE FOR BLESSINGS AND COMFORT TO YOU AND YOUR MOM AND ALL YOUR FAMILIES. YOUR DADS LOVE FOR YOU IS BEAUTIFUL .
    SONG OF SOLOMON 8:6-7…LOVE IS AS STRONG AS DEATH… MANY WATERS CANNOT QUENCH LOVE NOR CAN FLOODS DROWN IT….

  10. Sarah, i am very sad to hear this, but i know his Home Coming is a joyous event now that he is with our Savior. You are blessed to have very annointed parents. I love you and your mom. You are in my prayers.

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