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Great memories

The wonderful thing about photographs is that they freeze, at it were, moments in time. Last night I found a few photos that really sparked a memory for me. In particular is this photo. Wendy, Leanne, and Jason are sitting outside a cottage that Leanne had rented for a holiday. We all met there to spend some time together.

Wendy and I with the boys lived in Calgary after many years living near family in southern Ontario. Now we were far away and so with tent trailer in tow we had driven across the country to have time together. The summer was warm and sunny and we were really enjoying our vacation.

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Our time at the cottage though was unsettling. First, of all Dad had been found to have a small tumor in his lungs and he was clearly troubled. While we were alone he talked about what might be coming and how facing a harder struggle or preparing to die might be necessary. I countered that optimism and faith were preferred. How foolish on my part.

The other unsettling part, at least to me, was that it was clear he wasn’t quite himself. He had always been a big fan of boats and water yet when given the opportunity to head out in the water he preferred to remain as the picture has him, sitting on the deck.

This was the last time we were all together as in September a tumor in the brain was found and by late October, days before his 72nd birthday, he went to be with the Lord.

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Autumn is in full swing

After a particularly warm September and October we are finally into autumn weather…why do we talk about the weather so much? Wierd – don’t you think.

 

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Dad with Ida and Billl (older siblings)

Yesterday would have been Dad’s 87th birthday. I wondered for a bit what he might be like? And then I thought about what he is like – in heaven! I really have a belief that we are all we could have been, might have been on earth without sin. In other words – our best self. So rather than wish Dad to be here I was thinking how wonderful for him to be there!

 

Today we celebrate David Luginbuhl’s life. Another man of faith who had an influence on many.

It’s October 20

Fifteen years ago around 6 am our Dad went to be with Jesus. It was a quiet moment, some tears but really a great deal of thankfulness. Thankfulness for a peaceful passing, for sparing him pain, for releasing him into Jesus’20170527_173955 arms, for a life well lived, for our having a great Dad who loved us all.

I never get to this date without thinking about that day and the joy I have within my heart when I think about who my Dad was. I was a blessed kid – a blessed adult to have had such a wonderful godly gentleman for my Dad.

It is good to reflect upon all that and listen – if you will to this…