My father passed away Superbowl Sunday almost three years ago. I was blessed enough to be by his side as he met his Creator. My father was 84 years old and had lived a full life.
He had a sister that passed away when she was only 17, and his older brother is still alive. Uncle Norm is well over 90 and even though I have rarely seen him– every once in a great while I get a phone call from him.
Today was one of those days.
I was busy trying to wrap up my Christmas gifts in a hurry while David had the children out running errands. My phone rang and I saw Uncle Norm’s name. I stopped in my tracks and answered.
What followed was a lovely conversation about my Christmas card and the kiddos and all that we had done in 2015. He was so proud that I had written a book and asked about each of the children. The toughest part of the whole thing was hearing his voice.
It sounds identical to my father’s.
That melodious mid-western lilt with velvet laughter. Joking and happy to hear all our good news. A highlights-only kinda guy.
The entire time I just tried to hide the tears in my voice. My hands shaking and my face soaked because how I wished I could hear my father say all those words of encouragement. How I wanted to hear him say good job. How I longed to hear his voice laughing and joking.
And even through my heartbreak I could hear God whisper…
“Merry Christmas. This is my gift to you…your father DOES say those things about you all the time and that’s why I had Uncle Norm give you a call so you could hear it for yourself.”
This Christmas, take the time to look for the gift the Lord gives you. Listen carefully for His voice. He’s a loving Father who enjoys giving us beyond what we ask for or even think to consider. Pay attention, I guarantee you’ll have one of the most wonderful Christmas seasons ever, because you will have felt the love of your Heavenly Father.
And if you’re blessed like I was….maybe you’ll even feel the love of someone you’ve lost.