Jun 16 2010

Remembering Your Dad

Father's Day is hard for me since I lost my dad a couple years back.  Maybe it is you for you too...  I think that it really helps to share what you loved about your dad.  

 

Thanks for sharing... We are going to be sharing some of your stories. ~ Scott

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6/11/2010 3:16:22 AM
Richard Finland
Richard
Hey Scott,
I just heard your message about father's day. I lost my father in a car accident in Maine last July. He died about 15 minutes after impact. The hardest thing for me is the fact that I cannot say good bye to him. He's gone. As we approach the one year anniversary of his loss, my family tries to keep his memory alive by remembering his sayings, his jokes, who he was as a person. I pray that God give me strength to remember my father, his jokes, his smile, and pass his memory down to my own children. God bless you and all that you do in Klove, Richard, Finland
6/11/2010 3:17:00 AM
jean.e.lane United States
jean.e.lane
I had and still have a love/hate relationship with my dad.  He died 16 years ago, but I am just beginning to realize that he did not know how to love.  He did the best he could with what he had.  He showed his love by his concern, once I was an adult, by asking about my car, my job.  Perhaps it made him feel bad because I was self-sufficient and didn't need his help or his advice (although I listened respectfully).  But I like to think that he was proud of the fact that I was not as needy as others in my family.  I am grateful to God for how I was brought up, even though it wasn't the best.  We learn, are disciplined through the hard times.  So thanks, Lord, and thanks Dad!
6/11/2010 3:17:45 AM
Diane Gagner United States
Diane Gagner
My dad worked very hard to support his family of 9.  Money was very tight.  I remember my dad being out of work and he walked 10 miles to apply for a job (we didn't have a car at the time.) I remember one year I got my dad a real nice Father's Day card.  He kept it in his drawer....forever!  He never tossed it.  He passed away young, only 53 years old.  I wish he were here so I could tell him about Jesus and that there is hope in the cross for all sinners.
6/11/2010 3:18:18 AM
Tracey United States
Tracey
My dad died 14 years ago and it is still hard on me.  My first child was just 6 months old and he was only 46 years old.  He was the coolest dad ever and he could fix anything, I mean anything. And he was a cool grandfather.  He would fight my mom to get in the house to hold her first. Oh how I love that memory.  I wish my kids would have been able to know him like I did. I miss him but will always have him in my heart. Thanks for helping steer up awesome memories of him! I can't wait to get home and talk to my kids about him.
6/11/2010 3:18:35 AM
Kim United States
Kim
I lost my dad 24 years ago, I was only 20 years old and it still hurts.  Father's Day is very hard for me, but I know one day I'll see him again and he will be strong and healthy.
6/11/2010 3:22:24 AM
Tammy United States
Tammy
Fathers Day is a difficult holiday for me as well.  He past away three years ago.  We always went to his favorite restaurant and I would give him a great big hug afterwards.  My kids and I always had so much fun with him.  
6/11/2010 3:23:48 AM
anna United States
anna
Hi, I lost my father almost 4 years ago.  When I heard what the contest was this week, I really started to recall so many memories of him.  So, this whole week, I have allowed my mind to float freely through all the wonderful memories I have of my dad.  I have cried and laughed at the good and the bad alike and found great amusement at seeing how many of his traits I see in me.  I had an amazing father who wasn't perfect but taught me what it truly means to be a servant of God.  He had such an awesome faith in God and taught me how to be truly  faithful in all that I do.  I do miss my dad but I am so glad of the legacy he left for me to pass on to my children.  I can only imagine the joy of seeing him in heaven some day along with the One who has given both of lives true meaning!

Have a wonderfully blessed day!
6/11/2010 3:24:55 AM
Darlene Baumgardner United States
Darlene Baumgardner
Hi Scott,

I also have lost my Dad and my best friend I ever had.  I adored him.  He was a wonderful Christian and a leader in the church.  His life revolved around his work for the Lord and his family.  I am grown and have grandchildren but I miss him dearly each day.  Sometimes I cry when I look at his picture and then think, I am being selfish.  My Dad was suffering from mesothelioma (asbestos cancer) that he got from working in the shipyard.  He was suffering and I did not want him to go, but he was ready.  I know he would not want to come back to this world.  He is walking with the one he loved most and that is our Lord.
We all love him dearly and how proud I am to have a Father that was so well loved and respected and most of all a Christian.  As we approach this day I think how pain free he is and how lucky we were to have him here with us for 70 years.  May God comfort you as you feel the loss as I do.  God Bless you all for the work you do and how your music gets me through each day of work.
6/11/2010 3:35:24 AM
Brenda United States
Brenda
Hi Scott,
I lost my father on December 16, 2009. I can honestly say that he was a friend of God's. No one in our family knew that my father was as ill as he was, including him. He did not live in the flesh, he lived according to God's word. In the last weeks of my fathers life, he tore a house down and transported the materials to the house he and my mother lived in. He worked so hard up until the weekend before he died. That weekend, he was not feeling well. I live out of state, and my mother sent me a text telling me to pray for him. She contacted my other three sisters as well asking them to keep him in their prayers. The amazing thing about that, is that not one of us could pray anything but that Gods will be done. He got to the point that by Monday, he couldn't even walk. My sister called me and we all decided that we would call an ambulance to take him to the hospital, because he was refusing to go. He finally agreed to go see a dr. The dr. he saw was a man that went to school with us, and knew our family pretty well. He immediately admitted my dad to the hospital and started running tests. It was discovered by that night that my dads blood sugar was in the 600 range. Very high. The dr came in and told him "Mr. Linn, you have diabetes." My dad looked at him and said "No I do not!" Dad would not claim that legacy for his life, or his childrens lives or his grandchildrens lives. They kept him in the hospital Monday night, and Tuesday night, I was told that he may get to go home the next morning. And he did. He died in the hospital Wednesday morning at 4:45 a.m., and went home to be with Jesus. My dad was a generational curse breaker. He had professed many years ago, that he would not accept the legacy of diabetes that ran on both sides of my family. The dr. told us that his pancreas was nonexistent, and his liver was going too. That he had probably had diabetes for years, and had he lived, he would have needed a pancreas/kidney transplant within six months. He never allowed illness to stop him. He may have had diabetes, but diabetes NEVER had him. I miss him so much. This fathers day is just one first of many first without him. The one thing that makes it bearable is knowing I will see him again.
Thanks for letting me share.
Brenda
6/11/2010 3:35:30 AM
Gary Lyons United States
Gary Lyons
My father IS a great man, a faithful man and lover of Jesus Christ! A husband of 40 years, father of 8 children, a pastor for more than 20 years, with a membership of more than 800 when he died 26 years ago. He loved people and was a great infkuence to many. Rev. William B. Lyons, known to many as Bill Lyons is my Dad and I miss him tremendously! I LOVE YOU DAD!!! (crying)


6/11/2010 3:36:49 AM
Mary Kay United States
Mary Kay
Hi Scott,
I lost my husband, the father of our 5 children, 2 months ago to cancer.  He died at home with his family around him, fighting bravely to the end.  He was our hero.  He used to say that he was glad it was him & not me because I was the glue that held our family together.  If I am the glue, he and God are our Rock - our Foundation - and Father's Day will be incredibly hard this year for all of us.  I listen to K-Love with my 17 year old constantly.  Thank you for reminding us of God's healing love every day.
Mary Kay, Missouri
6/11/2010 3:36:58 AM
Laura United States
Laura
Nearly 31 years ago, at the age of 9, my best friend, hero and confidante left me all alone.  It wasn’t his choice, I know; but God, in His wisdom and insight, took him to live in heaven with him.  To this day, I do not understand WHY daddy had to die at such a young age (32) and I don’t think I will ever know why.  But I do know that God is sovereign and He is all knowing and all powerful.  In the short time I did have daddy, he taught me so many things, some of which were how to pray, sing, be dedicated and faithful.  Because of daddy, today I am a confident, intelligent, happily married mother of 2 great adult children. And most of all, God saw fit to bless me with a husband that is just as wonderful as daddy was. My children have a great father today because of the things my dad taught me so that I might have the internal fortitude to choose a mate that is just as fantastic as daddy was.  I can’t wait till that day we all go home and daddy gets to meet the father of his grandchildren.
6/11/2010 3:41:12 AM
Richard Beckner United States
Richard Beckner

Scott I heard what you said about loosing your dad. It reminded me what my pastor said.  If we know where are loved ones are, they are not lost.

2 Cor 5:8 to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

God Bless
6/11/2010 3:44:19 AM
Teri Hallock United States
Teri Hallock
In September 1985, my Father accepted Jesus on his 42nd birthday. He has this amazing testimony. His testimony was published in "The Business Men's Gospel" magazine. At the time, I was married and living in Western New York and my Dad was living in Florida. In March of 1986, I was struggling with spiritual things that were going in my life. I called my Dad up to talk about them. I knew my Dad would understand. After talking with him for about an hour I prayed with him to accept Jesus. God truly changed my heart. Three days later was my birthday. He called me up to sing happy birthday for not only my birth birthday but my spiritual birthday. A month later my Dad died of a heart attack. I never saw him as a Christian. My stepmom shared what a changed man he was and how on fire for Jesus he was. He has left a legacy. My husband and I are in full time ministry. My husband is a Christian music artist and we have a nonprofit organization and travel all over the country sharing what God has done in our lives. Check us out at www.doughallock.com. Our 10 year old daughter is on fire for the Lord. My brother and his family are believers. I was sharing my testimony with my daughter this morning. I still miss my Dad. But the best gift he ever gave me was praying with me to accept Jesus. I know that we will spend eternity together. Daddy I love you!
6/11/2010 3:46:14 AM
Jawana United States
Jawana
I also lost my "Daddy" just over 3 years ago.  Father's Day is still very hard for me as is his birthday, my birthday, and well just about every holiday.  But I really don't know how you are able to handle losing someone you love so much if they were not a Christian.  Knowing that I will be with him in Heaven someday means more to me that I can put in words.  I will never forget the day he passed, lots of family gathered around his bedside and he took that opportunity to witness to the lost ones.  He asked them to promise him that he would see them in Heaven someday.  I love my Daddy and I love my Heavenly Father! Can't wait to see them both.      
6/11/2010 4:00:06 AM
Dina United States
Dina
Hi Scott,

My dad passed away on June 1,2010. He was 66 years old.He had pulmonary fibrosis for 14 years and did not have any symptoms until the begining of this year. It got to the point where he couldnt breath anymore. He had been in and out the hospital on oxygen the month of May. The doctors said he would get to go home the morning of June 1st, but God had other plans. My father became a christian on June 1,1981 which is exactly 29 years ago. He lived for the Lord and encouraged all of his children to stay right and live for the Lord. I have so many memories about my dad,He was a very strong man and I know he loved us very much. It seems like a dream and hurts when I think about it. I hate to see my mom cry, but we know that he is in heaven, and one day soon we will see him again. I cant wait. Thank you for letting me share this with you.
6/11/2010 4:24:00 AM
Karen United States
Karen
My story is not about my father but about my father in law. We lost him a year ago in May. He was visiting us here in Arizona from Kansas for my husbands, graduation. He died unexpectedly early the morning of the graduation. We were shocked and devastated. This man drove here all the way from Kansas against the doctor’s advice due to his cardiac issues. He was letting nothing stand in the way of seeing his son who dropped out of high school graduate with his bachelor’s in accounting from a university. He always told us to never worry about him he was right with the Lord when his time came. We still attended the graduation a few hours after his passing, in his honor. His presence was felt there by all of us, and we knew for the first time in 30 years he was out of pain. He invited me to be a part of his family twelve years ago, before his son even proposed. He was the Father I never had  and a wonderful Grandfather to my six children. He was a hard working, honorable man that was so proud of his family. When the song "I Can Only Imagine" comes on the radio I sing along and cry my eyes out because I miss him so much and I do picture what it must be like for him to be like to be in the presence of our Lord. I will spend Fathers Day with my kids honoring him; we love to share memories of him. Funny thing is as I was getting ready to submit this “I Can Only Imagine” came on the radio. To me it’s a reminder that his memories are close to my heart, and some day I will be with him again.
6/11/2010 4:26:26 AM
Bob United States
Bob
Hey Scott & Kelly,
Dad was a tough guy with soft side.  He died way too early at 63. That was 17 years ago.  I still miss him every day.  I even have picked up the phone on really tough days and caught myself starting to dial his number.  He taught me to fish and that today is my greatest love, to teach kids to fish.  My Dad died at 12:05 AM and less than 30 seconds later, we heard the sound of a brand new baby's first cry.  I was able to look into my Dad's eyes about an hour before he died and asked him if we were okay. He looked me straight in the eye and told me that he and I were okay...all was good between us.  That is the strongest memory I have of him.  Thanks for bringing this up today.  I needed a good cry.  
Bob
6/11/2010 4:26:34 AM
Melissa Wilde United States
Melissa Wilde
Hi,

Thank you Scott for sharing your feelings about how Father's Day is affecting you.  I lost my father just last Labor Day, so this is the first Father's Day without him.  I've been very busy at work and at home I am planning a vacation for next week.  I'm the type of person that can bury my feelings and carry on with my life until I get some down time to think...well with vacation next week I KNOW I'll have that down time.  Any prayer is greatly appreciated.  When I get that time to think about my dad I get very reclusive and I really don't want to do that to my kids.  I do not know if he is in heaven or not...I'm hoping to get there and find him there dancing with Jesus.  Thank you again for starting this blog.  Not everyone is looking forward to this weekend.
6/11/2010 4:26:57 AM
Rachel United States
Rachel
hi,
i just herad your message about remembering your dad. and just wanted to say that i lost my dad to cancer a few years ago. i was 11 when he died. and fathers day is really hard. but i can remember when i was little how much my dad loved the song i can only imagine and just wanted to say thanks for bringing back good memories. Smile
6/11/2010 4:27:18 AM
Kim United States
Kim
I posted a comment earlier about my dad and I got so emotional that I forgot to write my memory of my dad.  He was awesome!  He was on disability the last 7 years of his life so he took care of the household duties while my mom worked.  He was always there when I got home from school waiting for me.  He was a good ole country boy, an incredible pawpaw to my nephews, I can't wait for my kids to get to meet him in heaven.
6/11/2010 4:27:19 AM
Angela Acevedo United States
Angela Acevedo
I just heard about this on the radio and knew I had to drop by and share my feelings for my Dad.  He died of cancer when I was 13 years old.  He was just 40.  Up until then, I was a "Daddy's Girl", his shadow.  My Dad was very caring and loving and compassionate.  He was funny and wise.  He was the type of person to give the shirt off his back to anyone that needed it.  It has been 15 years since his passing and there is not a day that goes by that I don't miss him.  I wish that I could have said good-bye.  I wish that he didn't have to suffer.  I wish that I could have gotten to know him as an adult.  I wish that he could have met his grandchildren.  The world lost another angel the day that he died.  I am just grateful that I am his daughter and I got the chance to have my life graced for my first 13 years by his presence.  RIP Keven Lewis Rush- You are greatly missed!
6/11/2010 4:28:13 AM
Sara Rose United States
Sara Rose
I lost my Dad in a tragic airplane crash almost four years ago. I never or to say goodbye or worse yet, I never forgave him. I don't know if he ever accepted the Lord into his life an that is what hurts the most. I worry tremendously abou his salvation an whether or not I will ever see him again. His death had an upside, as God so graciously brings beauty in tragedy. I was not saved before my dad's death, nor did I believe in God at all. His death brought about my own salvation. He never got the chance to meet my husband or my stepchildren and I think that is what hurts the most. He didn't get the chance to see me become a woman. My children will only know him through me. I love and miss you terribly Dad.
6/11/2010 4:28:43 AM
Lisa Navarro United States
Lisa Navarro
Hello,
Well I really don't have an earthly father. I am 42 yrs old and my father died when I was in Kindergarten. I don't remember him at all. So I grew up without a father and a father figure. I now have an AWESOME father who I cherish every day(GOD). I have been saved going on 10 years this year, and I have a relationship with my heavenly father. So those who have lost a father, remember something special about him. Cherish those memories. I only wish I had some of mine. But I am building new memories with my Heavenly Father.
6/11/2010 4:29:10 AM
Amber United States
Amber
Hey Scott,

Growing up I never really had a father figure, except for my grandpa. He helped my mom raise me because she was a single mother. He died 5 years ago and I never really had the chance to say good-bye. As we are coming up to the anniversary of his death, which is June 25th, I can't help but think how much I wish he was here. I graduated high school this year and I know he would be so proud of me. On the 25th I will be registering for classes at Taylor University; even though it's going to be an exciting day I will still be thinking "only if papa was here". My "papa" was my best friend and he always will be. I miss him so much, but I know I will see him again someday.
Thank you for letting me share!
6/11/2010 4:29:14 AM
Sandy United States
Sandy
Hi Scott,
I was touched by your story about how much you miss your dad on Father's Day. You are very blessed to have had such a wonderful relationship with your father. I have a hard time with father's day, too, but for a different reason and I know I'm not alone in this. There are also many besides myself who struggle with Father's Day because we don't have a relationship with our earthly fathers. I have learned to shower my love on our wonderful heavenly Father, yet still there is a hole in my heart on Father's Day.
6/11/2010 4:29:17 AM
Jennifer United States
Jennifer
Hello Scott & Kelly,
This will be my 9th Father's Day without my dad. He was an amazing man, who taught me to love even when I am not loved. He was a generous man who loved the Lord. He was filled with laughter and loved to bring laughter to a room. He had a nature about him that brought peace to a room. He died July 1 2000. I miss him terribly, but I remember him most when I am serving others. He found such peace in that. Thanks for the avenue to share about my amazing dad, Ron!
6/11/2010 4:29:39 AM
Kenny United States
Kenny
My dad just went to be with the Lord on the 6th of last month. He was a great Christian man who loved the Lord, our mother, and his children. He was a great role model for us. I am not only his son, but I was his pastor. I had the privilege of officiating at his funeral service along with my younger brother and brother-in-law. It was a great service of honoring him and celebrating his homegoing. I am really missing him this week, as this is Father's Day weekend. This the first year that I won't be getting him a card. But I know he is with the Lord and he is doing great. I will see him again. And nothing will ever separate then.
6/11/2010 4:29:41 AM
Dawn Rogers United States
Dawn Rogers
HI, after you started talking about your dad Scott, I started to recall my father. I lost my dad when I was 19, I was not able to be there when he passed due to an abusive marriage I was in. The hardest thing for me right now is not knowing whether or not he is with Jesus. When I was growing up I didn't know God, He was not talked about in our family. My parents divorced when I was 3 so I didn't know my dad that well. He told me he loved me once or twice. I know I miss him terribly, he never got to meet his 8 grandchildren, or see how his lost daughter turned out. I know I have the ultimate Father in heaven and will fill every void that was left by my earthly father. Though I love my father very much and I pray that I will see him one day!!
6/11/2010 4:29:57 AM
Stephanie Ramos United States
Stephanie Ramos
My dad didn't die but he was deported about 4 years ago and it's been very hard since he was deported to Honduras. He taught me how to ride a bike, how to talk properly, how to dress nicely, to sing, and he showed me to Christ. At the age of 4 I started going to church with him. He told me the Lord was my bestfriend and all my problems would be washed away with him. I didn't understand but I went with him and slowly started understanding who the Lord was. I thank my dad for being there for me during my problems, showing me to God, and listening. My dad is very strong and he was saved when I was born. I thank the Lord for bringing me to life because he got saved because of me. Even though my dad was deported I still pray to the Lord to be with him everyday. I want to become a christian singer someday and show my dad whoIi am now becasue he hasen't seen me or my sisters in a while. Thank you so much K-LOVE for letting you tell my story.
6/11/2010 4:30:02 AM
Mimi Hill United States
Mimi Hill
I was always daddy's little girl growing up.  I could get my dad to do just about anything.  To this day I love watching Alabama play football and boiled peanuts.  During the fall we would boil peanuts and watch football.  I lost my sweet daddy to the dreaded disease of Alzheimers.
6/11/2010 4:30:39 AM
Katie United States
Katie
Hi Scott!
I lost my dad 10 months ago. He had a massive heart attack at the age of 53--absolutely no warning. He was the best man I've ever met. I miss him more and more every day! Since graduating college, I moved back at home to stay with mom who has been such a spiritual inspiration for me. My sister is expecting her first son and is due any day! She is two days past her due date, and I have a strange feeling she just might have her little man on Sunday, Father's Day.
We never let a day go by without thinking, honoring, and remembering dad. We tell jokes and stories about him. We can still hear him laugh. One of my favorite things to do is to wrap up in my blanket my mom had made for me for Christmas--a blanket made out of all of his favorite t-shirts. I also find joy reading over 100 stories that my sister and I complied from all of my dad's families and friends into a scrapbook for my mom for Christmas. There are so many stories of laughter, tears, and great times. I love reading the scrapbook to keep the memories alive.
Thanks for letting me share and thanks for reminding me I'm not  alone.
6/11/2010 4:30:43 AM
Lori Barker United States
Lori Barker
Hi Scott, as I was hearing you on the radio, tears came to my eyes because I said goodbye to my dad in August 2007. He had sudden heart failure and went home 3 days later. I really believed God was going to heal my dad. Because I was called into the ministry not to long before that. And I could picture my dad on the front row with a proud look on his face seeing his daughter preach. But that time did not come. My father was also handicapped. he was on crutches for over 30 years. But he could do wonders with those things. He was quite a bit of a jokster. Corny jokes. Even though he was on crutches, everybody used him as a crutch. He did everything for everybody. I love him and miss him! I will see him again soon. I love you Dad!!!
6/11/2010 4:30:47 AM
Heidi United States
Heidi
I lost my dad when I was 10 years old and tomorrow i will be 27 years old and he never got to see me go through High school. I just want to say my dad is great because he and my mom adopted me to give me a better life which I want to say thanks to them I have a great life with my Heavenly Father. I have lost both of them in three years of each other. My dad was there for almost all my sport events because they how to take care of my brother to who played sports so they both split up one with me and other with brother. Dad was a great dad when he was around.
6/11/2010 4:30:58 AM
CHRIS United States
CHRIS
My dad went to be with the Lord about six years ago after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
It is easy for me to rely on my heavenly Father, because my earthly dad was so steadfast.  He taught me much about love, work and faithfulness. I am thankful for the illness he suffered, because it made me realize how precious he was to me while he was still alive. I was able to thank him for the things he taught me and for the many great memeories I had.  I know his body is restored and I will see him again someday.  God is good... all the time!
6/11/2010 4:31:03 AM
shawn sinkhorn United States
shawn sinkhorn
hey scott

I know how you feel man i am wih you. I lost my dad when i was two years old in a car accident by a drunk driver in 1982 and everyday i miss my dad. But i know he has watched me growing up he has seen me graduate school go on to college and get married and have a child he watches me everyday just like god watches me and your dad is always with you and right now hard times are here for me caus ei am going through a bad sikness where i cant walk and through a divorse and i know god is great and he will heal my hart and heal yours and god has blessed me with a daughter and sometimes i cant be there for her cuase i am sick and going through a seperation its just been hard but god is good
6/11/2010 4:31:35 AM
Sharon United States
Sharon
   Hi Scott and Kelli,
        I just heard you speaking about your Dad and missing him and my heart went out to you as it brought tears of missing my Dad. His name was Charles K. "Charlie" Brown and he passed 3yrs ago. He was a career Navy man of 22 yrs. and he was a character!! :0) The one phrase I miss most hearing from my Dad's voice is "Hi there kid, how's everything with you?" And he always had this "sheepish" grin...Dad had 5 girls in the house with Mom also. I never understood why he was so often quiet at times..my goodness with 6 women I totally understand now as a grown woman!! I know his smile is still looking on me from above, but I will always miss him....
6/11/2010 4:31:57 AM
Jill United States
Jill
Father's Day is tough this year.  My husband & I pastor a church about 80 miles from where my parents live.  Every Sunday, weather permitting, my Dad would drive down to worship with us.  It was October 11, 2009 that my Dad went home to be with Christ on his way to church amid his journey.  He had a heart attack.
My Dad raised me in the faith. My Mom was, and is still, not a believer.  He was an example in every way to me.  While he was not perfect, he loved his Savior.  He loved me.  He prayed for me.  He loved his son-in-law, his granddaughters...people.  
I still hear him singing during praise & Worship.  His big, booming voice was unmistakable.  Some may have thought he should sing softer, but he sang with abandon, ever aware of his saved soul. I hear him in my head.  I find myself singing loudly lately...
I have many memories, but I am happy that he has heard what he has always wanted to hear..."Well, done thou good and faithful servant."
6/11/2010 4:32:03 AM
KEVIN JAMES RICHARDSON United States
KEVIN JAMES RICHARDSON
My dad began his final journey on 7-20-88. He loved God that was the shining light of his daily existence. It took me a very long time until I could "believe" to see what he had seen as what matters most in this sojourn of life. The moment he passed, I was standing at my parents home retrieving the mail when this most amazing feeling swept through my soul with the most amazing, soft-sweet smell I'd ever experienced. Five minutes later, the phone rang and the nurse had informed us that Dad had just passed. He owned the most amazing spiritual belief and was a walking, talking, believing shining example of it. God's love in our life is truly what matters most when we COMMIT-TO-BELIEVE in His love "first". If it wasn't for my dad's example to my mother as the leader of our household growing up, I would have ended my life when my dream of playing in the NFL had gained more focus in my life than what matters most. On this July 20th, 2010, I will feel my dad deep inside my heart where he lives with God. He was the greatest role model I've ever had in my life. I can only aspire to reach the same level of enlightenment and spiritual awareness that achieved. What a wonderful legacy I will know for my wife, step kids and six grandkids. What a gift and what a ride! Thanks dad, for being the best you could be every "single" day. I LOVE YOU and I miss you. You really knew what it meant, didn't you? Thanks so much for all you did...
6/11/2010 4:32:54 AM
Rebecca United States
Rebecca
My father passed away two months ago, to go home with the Lord.  He was saved, and spend 99% of his life witnessing to my brother, sister and I.  Although he was very ill for quite some time, he knew that God had plans for him that kept him here on Earth - to continue his ministry in our lives.  I feel sad when I think about who I'm going to talk to when life gets rough.  But I know that his feet havent touched the ground since he's been with Jesus, I'm sure he's still jumping for joy....I can literally envision his smile right now. I can't wait to see him someday soon.  What a blessing that God gave me such a great man for my earthly father.
6/11/2010 4:33:23 AM
Tracy Johnston United States
Tracy Johnston
I lost my dad in January.  He went to be with Jesus in his sleep.  I know that it was a blessing that he did not suffer but it is just so hard to say goodby.  I listen to KLOVE everyday at work and it helps me SO much.  Sunday is going to be a very hard day for me and my sisters.  I know with the grace of God and my sweet christian church buddies I will make it through it.  I can find peace in that one day I  will see my daddy again.  Scott I will be thinking about you and praying for you as we all go through this together. And the ones who still have their fathers here on earth ENJOY because you never no when they will be called home to be with Jesus.
6/11/2010 4:34:05 AM
Bob Greif United States
Bob Greif
We struggled as a kid growing up. Not much money and on welfare, but dad did what he could to make ends meet. He was diabetic and he lost his sight when I was only 10 and he was 42. I remember some fishing trips to local ponds and I remember only one family vactation that was only for one day. Despite all the hardships, I know dad tried his very best. I lost him in '83 when I was only 21, newly married and with our first child on the way. Oh how I wished he could have seen our first one born, but I guess he can see them now. I am now a grandfather with 2 wonderful granddaughters, 4 wonderful birth children and 2 adopted boys we fostered since birth and of course my lovely wife of 28 yrs. We have our own bussiness now and I just wish dad could see us now. I think he would be proud of how we turned out. I love Christ and I can thank Mom & Dad for that. I can't wait to hug him again. God Bless
6/11/2010 4:35:03 AM
Mindy United States
Mindy
Hi all - My dad died Friday, November 13, 1964 of cancer.  I had just turned 4.  I do have memories of him - pulling the coffee table over next to the sofa so my sister and I could lay on top of him and beside him.  Seeing him in the hospital the last time...he wrote on those tablets that you lift up the top transparent sheet to erase it because he couldn't talk.  Him sitting with us outside and talking to us about not being afraid of thunder.  I have more and I am so thankful for them.  Some I don't know if they are actually my memories or if they were things talked about so often that they became my memories.  They are vivid and they bring a smile to my face to this day.  Parents - talk to your kids about the parent who has died.  Even if it brings you to tears and sadness, because these stories told, over and over, are what tie your small ones to the one who has died.  And in doing so they are forever in our hearts and minds.
6/11/2010 4:35:37 AM
Debbi United States
Debbi
(dad #1)I don't know who my biological dad is and I always missed not having him in my life.  My adoptive dad (dad #2) abused me sexually, mentally, emotionally and spritually, my step dad (dad #3) I never really allowed to get close to me, he drank a lot or so I thought and I wouldn't let him near me, So Fathers Day never really ment that much to me. It always brought up bad memories and bad thoughts.  15 years ago I rededicated my life back to God (my Forth Father but first in my heart) So now Fathers day is a day of thankfulness, forgiveness and loving the heavenly Father for seeing me through the good and worst times in my life. I am getting to no my step dad and I am glad my mom found happiness with him. I have forgiven my other two dads, #2 has past on and I hope he found the true meaning of God's grace and mercy before he died. Dad #1 I tried to contact and make peace but it wasn't meant to be and I am at peace with that. God will, Gods plans and Gods healing are what I focus on now.  

Have a blessed Fathers Day to all!
6/11/2010 4:35:41 AM
Leslie United States
Leslie
I lost my dad when I was 11 years old, that was 38 years ago this month.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't still miss him.  My dad grew up in a neglectful home and he vowed never to let that happen to his children.  One of my fondest memories is him setting up our tent in the front yard for me and brother to sleep in by ourselves for the first time.  When it was time for bed my brother and I headed out to our tent, just the two of us.  I remember waking up in the morning to find another body in the tent, my dad.  He was concerned that one of us might wake up in the middle of the night and be frightened and he wouldn't be there to comfort us.
6/11/2010 4:38:02 AM
Alma McAfee United States
Alma McAfee
I was listening to your story about Father's day and how it is bitter sweet.  Fathers day is always hard for me because I lost my dad at 13 to cancer so my big brother stepped in who whas six years older than me.  He walked me down the isle and was there when my three sons were born.  Seven years ago we lost him to cancer. Last year was the first Fathers day I had enjoyed because my oldest son became a father in Febuary of 2009.
But I lost him to cancer in September of 2009. So again Fathers day is just a day.  I am going to do your suggestion though and write all three a letter on Fathers day and leave at thier grave.
6/11/2010 4:39:05 AM
Britanny United States
Britanny
Scott,

I heard your Father's Day message just a bit ago and I too lost my father.  I was just 13 years old when he was taken from this earth in a terrible accident.  Every year since it's been quite difficult for me when this holiday approaches.  Thankfully I have been blessed with amazing people in my life who have stepped in to fulfill that role. Listening to all the KLOVE father stories make me miss him more and more each day.  I wish I had the opportunity to send him on that cruise.  We was such a hard worker, he would definitely need it!  : )    I will leave seven descriptful words in memory:  full of wisdom, generous, hard-working, peaceful, deserving, passionate, and loved...very much loved.   Thank you for sharing your story and allowing me to share mine.
6/11/2010 4:39:06 AM
Valerie Graves United States
Valerie Graves
Hi Scott,
I lost my father 2 years ago this coming June 19th.  I am still having a so much trouble accepting the fact that he is gone.  My father did not have a real close relationship for many years.  He worked for the LA Sheriffs Dept. for 25 years and he became hard hearted about many things. When he retired he finally wanted the relationship with me ( I am an only child )that should have been years ago. I let him in my world and I became so close with my father after that. I loved him so very much and then when he got sick I had to watch him leave me. Even though my father did not attend church or show any outward signs of knowing the Lord, I know that my father did belive and prayed in his quiet time. I can only hope that he is with the Lord now happy and healthy and will never look back. I will see him again and you too will see your father again.  Thank you for letting me share.
6/11/2010 4:40:53 AM
Erica Thornton United States
Erica Thornton
My mom and dad got divorced when I was 18 months old. My step-dad and dad both raised me, and I will say that I had a close relationship with both of them up until my real dad passed away in June of 2005 at the age of 43. I was blessed at the fact that someone that I had led to Christ led my dad to Christ. I had no idea about any of this until his funeral. I was his only child and sitting there hearing my friend tell me the impact that I had on him, and my love for Christ and my walk with Christ had on my friend was a shock. Then finding out that it had come full circle in my friend leading my dad to Christ was amazing.
My step-dad and I are still very close, and I am blessed that he is a Christian. He is a wonderful man,and as I have gotten older.. I am 30.. he has become a very good friend too. I take his advice on many things. I remember as a child thinking that he was crazy. Now that I have 3 Children of My own I realize that he was right.. and I have not had a hard time at all telling him that he was either. I am glad that he also told me that I should pray for my future husband. I now have that Man of God that I was taught to pray for as a child by my step-dad and my grandfathers and great-grandfather.
My husband and I have both been called into the ministry and we have started a small church on our property with his dad and his late mother who passed away a year ago this July. The Lord is Awesome and has Blessed me so massively with such great men of God in my life. Great strong men. Men who have strong Faith, and know where our blessings come from and who is our help. The Lord shines so brightly in all these men that now in the ones that are still with us, they teach others that God is still on the throne and He still has the power to heal and to answer prayer. The ones that have passed on are praising Him.. I am a blessed woman, and my children are blessed Children. Bless you all and thank you so much for letting me share this with you all!
6/11/2010 4:45:04 AM
Janie H. United States
Janie H.
Hi there ~ I just wanted to pass on what a great man my Dad is and was!  He was a faithful provider all the yrs. I and my 2 siblings were growing up, sometimes working 3 jobs in order to pay the bills - altho' he was NOT a workaholic - he just believed that if the family needed something, he did it the old fashioned way ... he worked for it!  He worked hard so we could go on summer vacations, sometimes only a local camping trip, but it was Family Time for us.  He taught us the value of an earned dollar, a good days work, honesty, truthfulness & respect when dealing with others and most of all, taught by example the joy of giving to the needy.  He taught me the benefit of a wonderful sense of humor, as well as gentleness and caring.

I said above I wanted to pass on what a great man my Dad is, but also WAS - because just recently he was diagnosed with Alzheimers and the all too familiar warmth in his eyes has been replaced much of the time with a far away look, not recognizing places or people around him.  It's so very sad to see that in a once brilliant man who could recall dates, figures & events with almost instant recall.  God is helping our family adjust to this new reality, in the meantime we give Dad lots of hugs, thumbs ups, smiles and make sure he's well-cared for - it's OUR turn now to look after our Dad!  Dad we love you - Happy Father's Day!!  
6/11/2010 4:45:53 AM
Jeremy Smith United States
Jeremy Smith
Thanks Scott,
I was just driving home from work and heard what you had to say about your father. I appreciate you sharing that with us.
I too, lost my father a couple of years ago. Not having my dad around is hard, but the hardest part is not having my best friend. He was a great guy.
I loved to hear him laugh, so I learned to tell jokes. Usually the worse, the better. So I became a master of lame jokes. Just thinking about it my head fills with the jokes and the sound of his laughter. Thanks for reminding me of this.
I also miss the way that he could look at me and really see me. Somehow it was like his eyes could pierce my soul and see the real me. He always believed in me, knew I could do good things with my life, even at times when I was in serious doubt.
But mostly, I miss his unshakable faith. We (my siblings and myself) always joke that when we went to see dad, we were going to the "Church of Garage." We would sit out in that dusty old garage and talk for hours. He helped me see so many truths that I never saw on my own. He taught me to see life and the world with the right prospective. But he also taught me life's rule book, The Bible. It's hard without him, but I know that I can carry on with what he taught me.
6/11/2010 4:45:56 AM
Sheryl United States
Sheryl
Hey Scott and Kelli,

My Dad is so in love with Jesus and his family.He goes out and picks up cans everywhere then sells them to pay for his fishing that he loves to do. He is a retired meter reader for Arkansas Power & Light Company. He is a beekeeper, he takes people to their doctor appts, he is a deacon, he is Papoo to 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Him and my Mom love to travel and a cruise would be a dream come true for them.
6/11/2010 4:46:39 AM
Ruth Tapia United States
Ruth Tapia
hi my name is Ruth, and my dad went home to be with the Lord in oct 2005.i miss him very much cause he was always there for me when ever i needed to pick up the phone and talk to him. If i was having a hard time dealing with something in my life he would listewn and tell me what i had to do.what i miss the most is that there were more good times on the phone then bad.Whenever something excited happened to me or my sons he was always the first i would call. He would always laugh and he would always say these special words that never left my mind, you are so blessed Ruth' God is always blessing you in one way or another and he always has.God has always been with you ever since you came into my life, and God will continue to bless you the rest of your life.i miss his birthdays cause he would always kill a pig and make carnitas and he had friends that would come over to celebrate with him and they would sing to him las mananitas-which means happy birthday! ever since the Lord took my dad home i have no one to talk to about my hard times and good times. I miss him so much and I relized today that my dad even though he was my stepdad to me he will always be my dad! My dad was awesome and great in his own special way, i thank God he was in my life!
6/11/2010 4:46:46 AM
Vicki Gilbert United States
Vicki Gilbert
Oh the great things that my Dad did for people. I lost my Dad 3 years ago so that he could go home and be with his Maker. The last 8-9 months prior to my Dad's passing, he and my husband built the home that we now live in. My Dad was a great man of God, and touched many lives while here. I miss him so much, but would never bring him back to this earth for any amount of time. My daughter will be getting married in two weeks, and oh how I wish he could be here, and see her happy. The year that my Dad passed, my life changed so much. My husband and I opened a Christian Bookstore, and when I am there and listening to K-Love I think about how much he would so like the store, and what it stands for. My family has not been the same since my Dad's death, please pray for the salvation of my family to want to change and some day see my Dad again.
Go And Be Blessed~~~
6/11/2010 4:47:20 AM
Trudy Lynn United States
Trudy Lynn
This September will be five years since my Dad passed away from Cancer.  He was a tough, strong, Army man who had a great sense of humor and was the "fixer" of all problems.  I didn't always have the best relationship with him when I was younger and I now regret all that wasted time.  The last nine months with him was the best time we had together and I believe God allowed us that time together so we could both feel a connection to each other that wasn't there before.  He was a hard worker and even when he showed his temper and tried to get me to see things his way (and he was pretty much always right, I see that now...) but I was too stubborn to listen to him, I know he loved me and just wanted what was best for me.  He spent 30 years in the Army, and I like to think of him now as a really tough Guardian Angel for a soldier somewhere out there... I know he'd feel honored to have that job.  I love and miss you, Dad.  God bless everyone who has lost their dads.
6/11/2010 4:50:37 AM
vicki United States
vicki
I just lost my Dad April 5th and this is the first father's day without him.  I miss him more everyday, but I have the hope and promise of seeing him again. I was on my way home, when the son "I can only imagine" came on the radio.  That was sung at Dad's funeral.  I was singing and crying at the top of my lungs and looking heavenward. He was a wonderful Christian man, with a big smile and handshake. He was always there for his family. I have a vivid picture of him in my mind reading his Bible every morning and evening.  He has truly left a spiritual legacy for his family. God allowed him to be in our lives for 85 wonderful years
6/11/2010 4:56:09 AM
Duffy Musgrove United States
Duffy Musgrove
My dad was AWESOME!  I always knew I was lucky to have such a wonderful, caring, and supportive man for a father.  When he passed away in March we asked people to speak on my dad's behalf and I was so blessed by the words of respect and gratitude spoken by others concerning my Dad.  I hope when my day comes to be with Jesus I will be remembered as well!  I will remember my Dad for always standing by what he said, his wisdom, humor, his desire to provide the best for his family, and his strong work ethic.  I am sad he isn't here to continue to teach my boys these qualities, but by the blessing of God I am married to a wonderful man who also holds these qualities and will continue to teach our boys what it means to be a Godly man!  Happy Fathers Day!
6/11/2010 4:58:10 AM
Rita Wade United States
Rita Wade
My dad was one of the sweetest men anyone could ever meet. He wasn't the kind of dad that took you shopping or fishing or anything like that, but he was the kind of dad who was a wonderful daddy at home with us and even after we all got married and had families of our own. He was married to my mom 56 years until she passed away at age 70. My mom was a nagger, but he always let it go in one ear and out the other. When she was dying we found out why she was an unhappy person. He rescued her when she was 15 years old from a really abusive father and married her. He understood why she nagged, so I guess he was OK with it...seem to be, anyway. He told me years after she passed away that she would come to him at night after he would go to bed. When my dad was 83 he came to live with me because of health problems. I could walk down the hall and hear my dad praying out loud, asking God to take care of all his children and grandchildren by name. He was with me only 3 short wonderful months before he had a massive stroke and I had to do one of the worse things in my life...put him in a nursing home, until he passed away a few months later. I miss hearing my dad call me "baby" or "sugar" and telling me he needed a hug. He was so loving and always wanting a big hug from his children, grandchildren or anyone he met. That is why we always caled him a "Teddy Bear". I miss my dad so much, but I know he is with my mom again and seeing her as a very happy person now. So... Happy Father's Day, Daddy!
6/11/2010 4:59:08 AM
laura United States
laura
When my dad past I hurt like most, but I had a friend say to me man I have never been to a funeral like that.  All of you where laughing tell jokes about your dad.  I told her that yes we are sad to of lost dad at such a young age, but that dad was a great Christian mad and God had given him to us for a while but wanted dad to come home to help prepare a new home for all of us.  I told her it is like dad is on an extended vacation that we just couldn't go yet, but we would see him in time when we are allowed to come.  Plus if God wanted him home who are we to cry and feel sorry for our selves when he had allowed us to be with him for the time we had him. Plus dad wouldn't want us to cry but to rejoice in his home coming.  I hope that this might help others going through this at this time.  Give thanks for the time you had with you father and sit back and tell funny things about your father.  love your sister in Christ Laura
6/11/2010 5:01:09 AM
Ruth Reed United States
Ruth Reed
It will be 7 months at 11:55pm tomorrow night that mom and I sat by dad and walked him home to be w/ the Lord. There is not a day that's gone by that I haven't thought of him. I MISS HIM SO MUCH! I want to know what he's doing, and what Heaven is like. Monday 6/14 would have been his 84th birthday. Matthew West song Save a Place for me has given me such comfort. Matthew and I have been in touch via e-mail over that song. My dad looked forward to the day when he would go home. He really loved the Lord and instilled that in his family of girls he and mom raised. I long for the day I will see him again w/ my Heavenly father.
6/11/2010 5:05:51 AM
Kathy United States
Kathy
I think what I miss the most about my dad was his laugh and the funny way he would look at us when we did something wrong or out of the ordinary.  Our dad looked like Santa and played Santa on several occasions.  I especially have a hard time at Father's Day because he passed away the day before Father's Day 5 weeks after my middle daughter was born.  I trully believe that God has His hand in every part of our lives and He gave to us a beautiful little girl to embrace and love in our time of sorrow.  I cherish the pictures of him holding her when we brought her home from the hospital.  After our mom passed away I took a job at our church and have since found someone who worked with my mom and knew both of my parents.  What wonderful memories we discussed about both of my parents.
6/11/2010 5:06:11 AM
Jennifer United States
Jennifer
Hey Scott!
I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer 17 years ago May 5. He raised me on his own from age 12 on. He had no sisters so it was a learning time for both of us. I was 27 when he passed. He was my best friend. We did so many amazing things together. He taught me how to use tools, work on my car, fix things around the house. He did not want me dependant on anyone if I could help it. I will always miss him. He never got to meet my husband or my boys but I know he would have adored them all. Sometimes my men will do or say something that reminds me of Dad. Often it makes me laugh. Sometimes it makes my heart ache wishing he were here to enjoy them. It does get easier over time but I never stop missing him or wondering what life would be like if he were still here hanging with my boys. We will all find out some day when we too go home to the Lord. Blessings to you! Recall the funny times. I hope there were many of them.
6/11/2010 5:13:50 AM
kim biddle United States
kim biddle
Oh, I was listening to you of course, on the way home from work.  Almost had to pull over Scott when you mentioned your Dad. On May 20, my Dad passed at 82 years old. I was by his side and even though he wasn't "awake" I know he heard me when I got to say good-bye and tell him how much I loved him and what an awesome father he was. He leaves a legacy of 6 children along with spouses, 17 grand-children and 14 great-grandchildren. He was the epitome of agape love! My oldest son, a worship leader in my church, wrote and sang a song with my other son for the funeral called "A Heart Like Yours", basically stating my father was such a great man and they hope they can be like their grandfather. Two days later my husband had to drive to Florida (so he couldn't be here with me for the funeral)and exactly one week from my dad passing, his father passed. And, 3 days after my dad's passing, our dog of 12 years decided she didn't want to be on this earth. She loved my Dad and I think she knew he had died. So, we had her put down. It has been a very trying time for ALL of our families, but because of KLOVE, through the songs and all the awesome people there, I will get through this.
6/11/2010 5:20:05 AM
Deborah United States
Deborah
I lost my dad April 16 2010. He got diagnosed with leukemia last February and it got worse and worse. Fathers Day will be a really trying day. My dad would always ask for a book for Father Day.....And never read it. I have sympathy for every kid who has lost there dad like me.  
6/11/2010 10:28:40 AM
Cora Sharrock United States
Cora Sharrock
Scott,

I was listening to the radio on my drive home. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I can imagine how you feel being on air and having to talk about the contest and all. I lost my Mom in December, and when Mother's Day rolled around last month, it was hard to even listen to the radio when you guys were doing the contest for Mom's. Anyway, a month after my mother passed away in December, my Step-Dad moved back to Michigan. So, I feel like I have lost two parents within a month. My Step-Dad doesn't call me anymore and doesn't write to me. They had just moved back to Missouri from Texas and were here about 7-8 months before my Mom passed away. My Step-Dad moved back to Michigan to be with his real daughter and his other family members. I really feel sad and feel like I have lost both parents now. I will keep you in my prayers and I know they say that time heals all wounds, and certainly our Lord will heal our broken hearts. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13 God bless, Cora
6/11/2010 10:32:35 AM
Holly United States
Holly
I lost my biological dad when I was 3. He died of a heart attack and I was left with only a few memories. The most I remember was that he used to sing "Butterfly Kisses" to me. Luckily, my mom married my step-dad a year or so later. That's how my little brother came to the picture. Through it all, my dad has treated my older brother and I as though we were his own and I am so thankful for that.
6/11/2010 10:37:25 AM
Patricia Lutz United States
Patricia Lutz
I lost my dad 15 years ago.  I remember when I was 13 and I wanted to buy him something special for his birthday.  He had just bought a brand new 67 ford LTD. Dark green, he was so proud of his new car that I wanted to buy his something for his car.  At the 5 and dime I found just the thing.  10 inch neon pink,green and yellow flowers to stick on your car. I bought then and flew home to find him out walking and his car home.  I quickly placed the 2 packs of flowers all over his new car.  I'm sure you can imagine what the 53 year old pastor had to say about his new car covered in neon flowers. When he came in the house I got the biggest hug, and he told me how much he loved the flowers!  He left them on until he sold the car a few years later.  It wasn't until I was older that I realized that it wasn't the flowers he loved, but me. I miss you daddy.
6/11/2010 10:49:23 AM
Kim United States
Kim
I lost my dad 9 years ago this past May. It was very hard for me it happened so suddenly. He died of a heart attack. But thinking of a good memory of how awesome my dad was came about when we were planning his funeral and at his wake and funeral. My family owned a restaurant at the time and my dad loved to cook and create dishes in the kitchen that was his passion. But my mom and I nor my brother knew what he was doing. He apparently would create a dish and bring it to someone for them to taste and let him know how it was. So through in funeral I just kept hearing stories of how they looked forward to my dad coming to see them because he always had a good dish to share. My dad had a huge heart and and everyone loved him and he loved them. All my friends growing up were always just like his children and he would yell at them like they were his too sometimes : ) I love my father so much and miss him so much especially now. I got married six years ago and we just had a baby boy who just turned a year a couple of weeks ago. I sometimes think of all he is missing and wish he was still here with us. I miss him terribly.  
6/11/2010 12:19:20 PM
Judy Okimura United States
Judy Okimura
Hi Scott, I heard you on the radio talking about how hard fathers Day was for you because of the loss of your Dad. I totally understand how you feel because I lost my Dad 15 years ago and it still hurts when I think of him. He was a man who really loved the Lord and would do things for anyone in need. He worked with the American Red Cross, The YMCA, Boy's Homes,etc... and was very involved in the Church. Several years after my Dad past away a man came to my Mom's house looking for my Dad to thank him. This guy had been in so much trouble in his life and a Judge gave him 1 more chance to get his act together. He was put in the CCC (California Conservation Corp.)where my father was working at the time. This man said that because of my Dad he straightened his life out, went back to school, got his college degree, and became a minister reaching out to young boys who were lost just like he was. My mom told him that my Dad had past away but thanked him for what he had to say. It made me feel good knowing what my Dad did for this man. This was the kind of person my Dad was through out his life. He was a happy person who made you laugh, loved giving bear huggs, and was always about honesty, fair play, caring about others and God. I thank God for allowing me to have a father like that. He was my hero and I miss just talking to him. He had been given a clean bill of health from the doctors and the next day took a walk after dinner, fell down, and died. I think what hurts the most was I never got to say good- bye to him, although I know one day I will see him in Heaven. I know he will be there to meet me. Praise God
6/11/2010 12:34:00 PM
Nina Peachey United States
Nina Peachey
Scott,
I know the feeling, my dad died in 1984. He was the strong silent type but he would cheer for me when I walked in the door.saying yeah and my name. He will never know how i needed that with all the struggles in my life. He would hand us a 20 just cause we needed it and give the shirt off his back to anyone that needed it.He was very very strong.I know he is in heaven now.When people asked him how he could afford Christian school for 3 of the 4 of us( one was too old) he said, "I can't afford not to." He was a man of few words but they made sense. His voice was so low he couldn't carry a tune in a bucket but I remember hearing him sing to himself while he was showering or dressing, just real low, the old church songs.He came along way from how he was raised so I just wished my kids could have met him. They have no idea what they missed. I am separated now and I wonder what he would say if he were here. It still hurts very much.He was always watching out for us. I miss him so very much, probably more now that mom is gone for whatever reason.She could never marry after he died, she said there was only one of him...
Many blessings to all who have lost this tower of strength in their life!  
6/11/2010 12:36:42 PM
Deb Rohrback United States
Deb Rohrback
Ever since you began talking about your father's day contest, I have been thinking about how much I miss my dad. How fortunate I was to have a strong, christian man as a father. I cannot say that we always got along perfectly, but God gave me a dad that loved me just like God loves me and even though I made mistakes that I know must have hurt him, he loved me and kept on petitioning God on my behalf. I remember one time in Sunday school as a young girl when the teacher said that had to love Jesus more than we loved our father. Well, that really bothered me because I knew i couldn't do that. I also knew that if there was a mansion in heaven for each of us, my dad would have the most beautiful one. He did everything for everyone else and sacrificed continually. He wasn't perfect, but he was full of love. He guided me and my brother and sister. He was a loving and giving husband for 49 years and mourned the loss of his only son 12 years ago while he was home with my mom who was recovering from her second mastectomy. I had to call my dad from the hospital and tell him that my brother had died. It was the hardest thing i have ever had to do. Immediatly he said "Oh, he's with the Lord". My dad was the one who promoted the National Day of Prayer in our community and he was often in charge of VBS and various other programs too. His greatest adventure was a trip to Turkey the year after we lost my mom. If there was one thing I would have to say about the legacy that my father left me, it would be to love. That is our greatest commandment and our most basic goal. The reason we are here. To love. That was my dad.
6/11/2010 12:49:41 PM
Emily United States
Emily
This is my first fathers day without my dad. He was killed suddenly in a car accident in October--three days before he and my mom were scheduled to fly to Taiwan to adopt my little brother and sister. Following what he always taught us though, we clung to his quote "where God guides, God provides" and my mom flew to Taiwan with my 16 year old brother over Christmas and brought them home. We talk about their "papa" every day and miss him constantly, but I see him in everything I do and every time they smile. He led me to Christ, taught me what it means to be a Christ-follower, believed in me, encouraged me and was my number one supporter. I am getting married in November to a man who is so much like my dad, and while I will especially miss my dad when walking down the aisle, I feel so blessed to have spent 22 years with him.
6/11/2010 12:56:23 PM
Kathie Hedrick United States
Kathie Hedrick
I know so much how you are feeling right now Scott.  I lost my Dad 14 years ago this September to prostate cancer at age 68 and it still hurts and I feel when he died he took a part of me with him!  I miss my Daddy so much and the Lord healed our broken relationship 3 years before he died.  One thing I will always remember about my Dad was his giving spirit to others and how much he loved to fish and because of this.  His hometown of Leavenworth, Kansas has a Fishing Derby every year in memory of him!  Smile
6/11/2010 1:01:28 PM
Meg United States
Meg
My dad was killed while serving our country in the armed forces when I was 8. It took a long time for me to deal with the fact that my father was gone.I felt cheated that my dad was taken from me at such a young age. It wasn't until I understood the love of our God and Heavenly Father, that I was able to understand that I was not cheated, I was BLESSED to have had the most AWESOME dad for 8 years, and even more blessed to have a dad in heaven praying for me each and every day.

God bless you guys! Scott, thanks for the impromptu support group. Smile
6/11/2010 1:02:10 PM
Barbi Shepley United States
Barbi Shepley
Scott & Kelli,
  My dad passed last year it hasn't even been one year gone, yet, my step mother passed two month before he did, it has been a year of transition and finding out what God now wants from me.  My sister and I and my son miss him SOO MUCH, I had just reconciled with my dad a year and a half before he passed, I kept praying for him and every father's day, God would have me honor him anyway, through the pain and tears.  I kept going through the cards looking for the ones of the daddy I wanted, then sent them every year, speaking it to the truth.  I had my dad back for a few months, he passed in his sleep, knowing I loved him, my sister and my son loved him, and knowing God softened his heart, and he was finally our dad an grandfather, and great grandfather he was originally supposed to be. Here is my list for my dad for Father's Day
F -faithful. A - AWESOME, T-  trustworthy  ,H - honorable, E - excited, R - richesous.  We love you daddy, Happy Father's Day sorry I didn't get u a tie I know u loved everyone of them.. see you soon!!! Hugs and kisses!
6/11/2010 1:06:02 PM
Jodi United States
Jodi
Hey there Scott, I just heard you talking about your dad, I can relate with you, I lost my Dad the day after Christmas, 12-26-2009.  It was rather sudden, although he was 74 with bad kidneys and a bad heart.  Thank you for the opportunity to pay tribute to him!  This will be my first fathers day without him, to buy him his beloved "Big Boy" sandwich, which he just loved!  I cannot sum up such a wonderful man in just a few lines, but I will try.  I thank God that I had my dad for all my 37 years.  He truly was my inspiration, we live on a farm and took sheep to many fairs and sheep shows so I have so many memories of "Dad talks" and "Dad times" that I will treasure for the rest of my life!  My Dad always built us up, supported his whole family and loved with all he had, and worked so hard for us!  So as much as I miss him I am so very thankful to God that I had a wonderful Dad, the best I could have ever asked for and that I know where he is, and we will be together again someday.  Scott, I will be thinking of you this Sunday and all the others missing their dad too.  Thank you and God bless!
6/11/2010 1:07:57 PM
Shatana United States
Shatana
Scott,

I have been listening to K-Love for the past several weeks and have really enjoyed all of the different stories everyone shares.  I started off the week not sure if I was going to be able to listen to the station this week.

The month of June is rough month for me.  My father passed away June 2, 2002 just a little over two weeks before Father's day.  Needless to say I avoid the card section in stores and try to stay out of the mall until well after Father's day has passed.  I was very much a Daddy's girl and miss him every day, especially on Saturdays.  You see we always had to do chores when I was growing up on Saturdays and even though he knew what I was doing, my dad would let me and my brothers pile up in bed with him on a Saturday morning.  We really didn't like "Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein" but that was one of my dad’s favorite movies and it meant that we could procrastinate from doing our chores just a little bit longer.

I never had the chance to say good bye to my father, he died unexpectedly but I will never forget the wonderful memories that I have of him. This year instead of being upset that I don’t have him with me I am giving thanks that I will get to spend an eternity in heaven with him and my Heavenly Father.  I am still very much a daddy’s girl now too.  I belong to my heavenly father and I don’t ever have to say good bye or worry about being separated from him.  I am in his arms and when I feel sadden by my lost I have learned to go to him for comfort.  It has taken me 8 years but I finally understand that God gave me my earthly father on loan, he belonged to God.

Thank you for playing great music and for being encouraging in a time that many feel both joy and sorrow at the same time.

Sincerley,

S
6/11/2010 6:15:16 PM
Metta Sacdyphoud United States
Metta Sacdyphoud
My father, Bounpheng Chitmany, died in a car accident Aug 22,2008. He was 56 years old. It hurts even now to remember that tragic day. But my tears are only ever short-lived because I rejoice in the fact that He's with our Lord. My father became a Christian in the refugee camp of Thailand where I was born in 1980. And from that time on, he dedicated his life to bringing the gospel to Lao people and teaching them to teach others. His zeal for God's work and his strict work ethic that he had from his country always made him seem so distant and hard. I later grew to love the ministry that my father exposed me to everyday of my life-- love the Lao people, especially the youth. It wasn't until that very summer in 2008--while attending a youth camp that I was serving-- that he expressed how proud of me he was. They were words that I always strived for but never heard until then. A couple of weeks later he was in the fatal accident. He died at a young age. But I always remember him rejoicing those months right before he turned 50. He would say excitedly that he was going to be "half of a century" old which seemed to make him so happy. I can't help but think now that he and God were so close that they had some kind of deal where they planned to meet at a specific time in his life. My dad always told us he loved us...that's why he was so hard on us; he was passionate about his faith and seeing Lao people come to Christ; he loved his family and lived an upright, righteous life until the end. We never had any boys in our family and my husband and I are expecting our first child--a boy. As the due date is approaching, I wonder if our little Alexander Bounpheng Sacdyphoud would be born on Father's Day. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to appreciate my dad...I love you Daddy. ~MS
6/11/2010 6:23:32 PM
Heather Sullivan United States
Heather Sullivan
I am writing today to honor my Dad, Donald G. Heymann, who is still quite alive--working, in fact, as I write this. I was, however, right next to Papa (my dad's dad)when he died from Alzheimer's disease in 1996. Papa passed down his love for the Lord to my father (and, thus, me) as well as his tradition of "special presents", carefully chosen and given by my dad--starting with the youngest grandchild and ending with my mom--shortly after breakfast around the dining room table on Christmas morning. I know this must have been especially difficult for my dad to do that first Christmas without Papa, and oh I am ever-grateful to have such a beautiful heritage! Since I've I had difficulty getting through to "Throw Dad on the Boat" contest, this is how I'd sum up my dear father in 7 words: Love: Dad's unshakeable faith, humility, and grace.  
6/11/2010 6:32:52 PM
Christine Meeker United States
Christine Meeker
Scott,
Thank you so much for sharing.  It really ministered to me.  I would usually think of the negative things about my Dad but when you shared it made me realize that I too have good memories.  Even though things weren’t always great between me and my Dad I know that Jesus would want me to honor my Dad.  As I sat in my car and cried after listening to you the Lord revealed great memories to me about my Dad.  I ran into the house and couldn’t wait to share.
I lost my Dad 10 years ago.  I was 26 years old.  Three things I will always remember are that no matter how busy life was, or if we were or weren’t getting along, or if we could afford it, he always took us on a family vacation every year.  A funny memory I have is when he gave me my first car.  Every time I think of it I chuckle because before he gave it to me he spray painted the top part of the roof an obnoxious color and it looked so hideous, but I drove it any way Smile.  Another memory I will cherish forever is that he was able to walk me down the isle as he passed away 2 months after my wedding.  The best memory of all is that he made things right with the Lord before he passed away therefore I know he is in heaven.  I have a sympathy card from a cousin that I keep in his bible and she shared about what a great gift my Dad gave her.  He led her through the sinner’s prayer and she received salvation.  That was almost 20 years ago and she is currently serving the Lord.  Allowing me to share my memories this way has blessed me so much!!    I ♥ my DAD!
6/11/2010 6:34:16 PM
Yoana H. United States
Yoana H.
I never really liked celebrating father's day for the fact that I never met my biological father and never had a good relationship with my step dad. But I finally realized last year that even though I never had a dad I have a Father in heaven who has always been there for me, watches over me, loves me unconditionally, and has never left my side. He is the only Father I know. And I wouldn't change that for anything in the world. I'm only 19 years old and it hurts to know that your real father abandoned you as a baby and your step father didn't take part in your life. So it's like being shunned away. But my daddy in heaven has taught me to forgive them no matter how much it hurts inside. I might not be able to see Him, touch Him, or hug Him but I know I will some day. Smile
6/11/2010 6:38:20 PM
Terri United States
Terri
I lost my father in 1994 due to a massive heart attack and scleroderma. My family and I were extremely blessed to have been able to say goodbye and hold him or touch him when he passed away. He was my hero. The fondest memory I have is when I was about 8 and he was working out in his shop constantly. He told me he was working on a special project and asked me if I'd like to help.  He was hand carving little cedar tiles. I asked what he was making, but he only replied that it was for a special project. On Christmas morning, I found the most beautiful doll house that my father had made! Those cedar tiles were roof shingles! Anytime I need encouragement, I think of all the adversities he overcame with his health and his love for life. We played "Wind Beneath my Wings" by Bette Midler at his funeral. And that, he certainly was.
6/11/2010 6:45:30 PM
Kirstin , 12 United States
Kirstin , 12
My family are strong christians, and when I was six my dad left my family. When I was eight my dad officially divorced my mom, which was when my hope that he would come back to our family ended. I was mad, scared, and sad. When I was nine, he died of a rare disease in July of 2007. Even though he hurt our family, he loved me and my siblings. He was a christian, and one thing I remember is when he would lead worship and have his arms stretched out, his head looking towards heaven, tears streaming down his face, praising God. Every day I remember him and his love for me and how he encouraged me to do my best in every thing I do.        
6/11/2010 6:47:08 PM
Mark United States
Mark
Scott,

My Dad passed away a year ago this past February after several years of pain and suffering from about 7 different terminal conditions.  Although raised in the church he strayed from Christ when we were young kids.  As my Dad's health declined I would often talk to him about his spiritual health. About 2 years ago I found a local Pastor who would go and visit him in the convalescent hospital (I lived many hours away).  My Dad came back to Christ and when I saw him a few days before he passed away he was at peace and wrapped in God's love and mercy.  I didn't say "goodbye" to him....just "see ya later" because I knew he was just going into the Kingdom ahead of me.  Scott, this is what turns my grief to joy.  When people comment about my loss, I know my Dad is not lost.  I know exactly where he is...with our Savior.  Our memorial for him was held last year on Father's day.

Blessings to you on this Father's Day,

Mark

6/11/2010 6:58:08 PM
Linda United States
Linda
My Dad- If we learn who God is through our fathers then my Heavenly Father is kind, gentle, a teacher, patient, a servant, intelligent and artistic. Dad died just a month ago. I was there when Jesus pulled him home. The only one to see him take his last breath. I told him how blessed I was to have him as my Dad. He was the best Dad ever. He passed the love of music down to me. I am blessed.
6/11/2010 7:20:25 PM
Angela Higgins United States
Angela Higgins
Hello Scott & Kelly;

I was listening to K-Love in the car on my way to take my daughter to night class @ our local college and heard what you said about loosing your Dad a while back and it really touched my soul. I lost me Dad Dec. 21st, 2001, and my Mom June 6th, 06. I'm the youngest of four, and my parents were already in theri 40's when I was born. We as a family were so VERY CLOSE. It's so hard without them here. I was and still am a single parent, have been most of my kids lives. My Dad was incredibly important to my kids, I have a son, now almost 25 and getting married in the fall, and a daughter now 22. When I say something about what my Dad did in our lives, I'm including my Mom too. All the years my kids were growing up, Dad would go to school, pick them up, take them usually back to thier house till I got off work, Mom would have diner ready for them and me too when I got there to pick them up, quite often they would do this if I had to work late. On Fri. nights, Dad would call my kids and ask them what they wanted for breakfast on Sat. Every other Sat., Dad would come to the shop where I worked so I could cut his hair, then he would take my kids, (and my laundry, this was before I had a house w/washer and dryer) and take them back home. Mostly, they would fix breakfast together or it would be ready when they got there. On the days he didn't get his hair cut, I would take them to their house. When I was in labor with my daughter, it was my Dad that sat with me in the labor room, not my husband, he had walked out two weeks before. My Mom took care of my son when Dad was with me. Dad also taught my son how to drive when he was only 8 yrs old( it was a golf cart) how to work with power tools, went to Cub Scouts with my son. He started teaching things to my daughter too, but he found out he had cancer, then bad heart problems and couldn't do much, but we still spent alot of time together. Before they both got sick and had to go in to a nursing home, we traveled and took vecations together. Fathers Day and Mothers day and all of the holidays are VERY hard. It's exceptionally hard now because my son is getting married and my parents aren't here. I know this sounds horrible, and it is, but my kids and I have wonderful memories we can share. I know that the are both in Heaven with the Lord. That gives me so much comfort. It is still hard though. We miss Dad, and Mom so much. I am dreading Father's day.
6/11/2010 7:26:27 PM
Kathi Ratcliffe United States
Kathi Ratcliffe
I miss picking out a card for my father-in-law.  He was the man that Father's Day cards were made for: involved with his family, setting a good example, living for God, one who could give us advice and counsel, always there for us, always proud of us and always making us proud of him as he humbly lived his life of service and friendship.  He loved being Dad to us and Grandpa to our kids, and we all loved him back.  
6/11/2010 7:45:29 PM
Mary Mabry United States
Mary Mabry
My dad just died on June 10th, we spoke of our Fathers Day plans just 1 week before he passed.  I thank God I had the last 2 days with him to tell him how proud I was to have him as my dad.  He had a special relationship with God so I know I will be with him agin someday.  For now it is comforting to know he is with the Lord and my mom.
6/11/2010 8:27:02 PM
Lenay M United States
Lenay M
Like others -- this will be the first father's day without my dad whom we lost just before Christmas this last year.  I miss his random phone calls "just because".  He'd inevitably catch me really busy at work and I rarely had time to really listen or converse but he always wanted me to know he loved me.  My mom will face her first anniversary without him tomorrow, followed by father's day this weekend.  While, I'm grown and married, I will be thinking of my mom and of course my littlest sibling at home...only 14.  I had a lot of anger toward my dad after years of alcoholism and the pains it caused our family but we never stopped praying that he would come to know Jesus.  Next to my husband, the greatest gift the Lord has ever given me is the 2 months we had between my dad's cancer diagnosis last fall and his death in December.  To be able to care for him, love him, and show him the compassion that God has called us all to show was a treasure.  My mom, myself, and my siblings got a chance to forgive and love my father despite his life choices.  And I give God all the glory for the truth in his words from 2 Peter -- "He is patient, wanting NONE to perish, but all to come to repentance."  As a family we were blessed to gather around him in prayer as he prayed with our pastor and accepted Christ.  Just 9 days later, the night before he passed...I sat in the room as my dad stared into the distance with a grin on his face.  We asked, "What are you smiling at?"  and he said, "My daddy -- he's waiting for me.  I've got to go home now."  He died just hours later but to know that he's joined his own father AND his heavenly father in paradise is a peace that I can't describe. Despite my dad's battle with alcoholism, I never doubted his love for me, and I'm so thankful for our FATHER'S unending love, forgiveness...and patience.  Those of you that still have your fathers on this earth -- be blessed and soak up the time you have with them.
6/11/2010 8:48:30 PM
Christine RIvera United States
Christine RIvera
I got off work today and got in my car to head home. The radio came on and you were talking about your dad. I almost burst into tears. I lost my father when I was 13 years old from a brain tumor. My father was not a religious man, but my mother was very strong in her Christian faith and brought us up getting to know the Lord. I have many good memories and some bad memories of my father. But, he always provided for his family. He was the man I looked up to. He was a fisherman and a skilled laborer. Many of my interests and hobbies today are skills my father has either taught me or ones I had watched him perform. The day he found out he had a brain tumor, I knelt by the couch that he was laying on and cried for what seemed to me was at least 2 hours. He tried to improve his lifestyle, but it was too late. He had a seizure shortly after and slowly deteriorated before my eyes. The tumor slowly took over his brain, which resulted in paralysis on one side of his body. The day we were to fly from Guam to a doctor in Hawaii in order for them to do the biopsy, the tumor had taken over. Curse words flew out of his mouth at the breakfast table. He was not my father anymore. He became something else, and later that day (after being turned away by the airlines), he went into a coma at the hospital. A few days later he passed away. It still hurts to think about it and talk about it. But, it took a brain tumor for my dad to finally accept Jesus as his savior. A few days after his seizure, our Pastor came to our house and prayed with my dad. He confessed his sins that night and accepted Jesus. 19 years later, I of course still miss him dearly, but I at least am comforted knowing that I will be with my earthly father as well as my heavenly father when the time comes.
6/11/2010 8:57:03 PM
Kelly McHugh United States
Kelly McHugh
As I got into my car today and K-love was playing I heard the radio conversation about begin talking about father's day.  My heart sunk as I reached to change the dial, but for some reason I stopped and listened to Scott and Kelly talk.  This past month my father, Colonel John McHugh, was killed in Afghanistan.  He wasn't deployed, he was just there for a week, but the day after he arrived a suicide bomber drove right into his vehicle and he and 4 other soldiers were killed. Since then I've been dreading this upcoming sunday.  My dad was a great man.  He was a strong Christian and always wished that me, and my four other siblings, glorified God in everything we did.  You could tell he really had God's peace in his life.  He was who really got me into listening to K-Love, when he was deployed to Kuwait for a year (my junior year in highschool) he had the opportunity of meeting Third Day, his favorite band, and was super excited about it!! When he got back he was crazy about Third Day and Casting Crowns so he would take my sister and I to any possible concert we could get to.  He kept me updated with new music, and would always show me the songs with the lyrics he thought would reach me.
    This past month has been difficult, but through prayers and by being surrounded by such great Christian people at a time like this, my family and I are doing alright.  I can not imagine how someone who does not have Jesus in their life could deal with this, they are the ones who need all the prayers!  I was blessed to have such a Godly father for eighteen years of my life.  Though he is gone his old, used Bible remains at my home, my family has been reading his many notes written throughout it as if he is teaching us still.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my story.      -Kelly
6/11/2010 9:03:55 PM
Stacey Chicalace United States
Stacey Chicalace
Dear Scott,
I was listening to K-Love in the car running my errands, when I heard your story about your dad.  Tears immediately filled in my eyes.  I still have my dad, but I cried for your loss and my husband's.  Unlike most stories I just read, my husband is alive and well, and of course a true blessing to me!  But I cried becuase 8 years ago we lost our son just a few weeks after he was born.  Every Father's Day my heart aches just a little for our Michael that could not celebrate this holiday with his dad and although Michael would only be 8 years old I wonder what kind of Father he would be?  Thank the Lord God gave us 2 beautiful daughters Morgan and Payton, and one terrific son Nathan.  How blessed I am that we can continue to celebrate this day with our Father's and children.  Because without the children, no one would be dads!  I also have to thank God our Heavenly Father for answering my prayer.  I prayed that if my son would suffer here on earth, that God could take him and He did.  So Happy Father's Day God - the best of them all!!!
Take Care,
Stacey Smile
P.S.  Natalie Grant's "Held" and Mark Schultz's "He my son" hold very special meanings in our hearts
6/11/2010 9:14:40 PM
Donna McKibben United States
Donna McKibben
This is my first Father's Day without my dad.  We lost him last October after a brief illness.  I am having a very difficult time.  I work in retail and seeing all of the specials for fathers makes me miss him all the more.  After listening to your show today and to your suggestion of writing a list of your favorite things about your dad, it made me start thinking.  I decided to write him a letter telling him about what is going on in my life, how much I miss him, and other things along that line. I am going to take it to the cemetery on Sunday and place it on the headstone.  In doing this I dwelt on the happy memories of my dad instead of dwelling on my loss.  Thank you for sharing your loss with us so that we may find a measure of peace in our own.  May God bless and keep you.
6/11/2010 9:58:07 PM
Perla Rivera United States
Perla Rivera
Hi Scott.
The day we lost our Dad, we didn't just loose our Father but our Pastor as well.  My Dad would have been pastor for 40 years when he passed away last year.  It came as a surprise to all of us; he suffered a massive heart attack right before my eyes; I did the 911 call while my Mother performed CPR.  He was pronounced dead right there in our living room; however he was resucitated but then suffored a stroke and went into a coma that lasted 7 days till his death. My Dad was a man with a different spirit; he was always there for us my Mom and all four kids.  We always only had one car even when we could afford another he chose not to buy one. He liked to drop us off and pick us up after school. He would start his day by taking my Mom to work; then driving back and taking my little sister to her jr. high; dropping me of at high school on the other side of town and then taking my older brother and sister to the university.  The time inbetween he'd do visitation, and other pastoral duties then get back in the car to pick us up; we'd go to church service and be getting home past midnight to do it all over again the next day. We did this all thru our school years and even though we didn't get it back then it was those days that brought us closer as a family, and its what we remember the most now. One thing I will always be thankful for was the opportunity the Lord gave us to be with my Dad till his last breath. All of us were around his bed when the doctors said it was time for him to leave; my Mother led us in prayer and we thanked the Lord for giving us the pleasure of having such a wonderful dad; and we asked the Lord to receive him is HIS arms and as we said Amen, my dad gave out his last breath. My dad always made sure we got home safe; and we were right there beside him when he got to go HOME.
6/12/2010 5:06:20 AM
Erikka Eveland United States
Erikka Eveland
My daddy died in 1999, about a month before I started my senior year in high school. He was the most amazing man I have ever met! He was not my biological father but he never treated me differently then he would and did to his kids. I remember him standing up for me in school when the academic counselors were messing up my schedule, and punishing me when I crossed the line. For the first time in my life I had a real dad, one I could talk to about anything and everything I could ever think of. I flew home from California (where I was visiting my best friend), because my mother called and said that dad has cancer and hes in the hospital. I stayed at the hospital two days and spent some time with my dad. The night before he died I could feel that he wanted to go home to God, but was afraid of what would happen to my mom and I. I walked in to see dad and asked everyone to leave the room for a bit. Dad had been sedated for almost 2 days by this time so I sat with him and held his had for a time. Then I started talking to him, I reassured him that it was okay if he went home to the lord. I promised him that I would graduate high school and I would take care of mom. He squeezed my hand and I gave him a kiss and that is the last time I saw my daddy alive. My daddy showed me that not all men are in your life to hurt you. I know that if it weren't for him I probably wouldn't be a believer today, because I would never believe that I have a heavenly father who loves me. I named my first born after my daddy because he is so special to me...just like my daddy still is.  Thanks for bringing this up..its really good to remember My dad and how wonderful of a man he was not only to my mom but to me as well.
6/12/2010 7:44:12 AM
Karen United States
Karen
Thanks Scott for remebering Dads who have gone to live with Jesus. My Dad has been gone or 18 years and not a day goes by that I don't think about him and miss him. My dad was an amazing father. He alays made sure we had what we needed and a lot of our wants. We went on a vacation every year. Even if he had to borrow the money and then spend the rest of the year paying it back. He made sure we played whatever sport we wanted and was there for evey game and as many practices as he could. He and Mom let us be in whatever activity we wanted to be in. My Dad was a volunteer fireman and spent a great deal of time serving our community  I hear so many of my friends and even my Husband talk about how bad their childhood was and how their fathers were never there. I had an amazing childhood and father and wish everyone could have had a dad like mine. He loved his family, all our friends became his children also. I miss him.
6/12/2010 12:21:33 PM
Keith United States
Keith
Hey Scott,
I was listening yesterday and like you my emotions sort of cut loose while on the way home after hearing Mercy Me, and your comments. Thank you for letting us share as I too lost my dad 6 years ago to a sudden stroke. I was fortunate to be with him when he breathed his last breaths. My dad and I had a very close relationship. We would spend camping and fishing trips together and although he didnt fish, he would love to just be there and read his many books. He loved the books concerning Paul. His interest in political involvement changed after suffering a anyurism in the brain and making a full recovery about 30 years earlier. He in turn changed and focused on involvement in our church and reading all he could about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I miss him terribly and appreciate everyday the love he showed me and my mom and sister. In the times we live in today I was truly blessed with him as my dad, I so often wish I had his guidance and thoughts as I journey along with my family, but draw on the Holy Spirit. I know one day I will see him again. I will keep you in my prayers.    
6/12/2010 8:36:43 PM
Samantha Baldwin United States
Samantha Baldwin
Hi Scott, I lost my dad in May 1996 to a very short battle with cancer.  I still have days that I will just cry from the pain of missing him.  I was touched by your words and emotion yesterday and I want to share what my sister sent to me today:
A Father's Day Prayer:
Father’s Day Approaches..
Roses grow in Heaven, Lord, pick a bunch for me—
Place them in my dads arms & tell him they're from me—
Tell him that I love him & when he turns to smile—
Place a kiss upon his cheek & hold him for awhile—
Because remembering him is easy—
I do it every day-
There's an ache within my heart that will never go away.

The author was not listed.  Take care and God Bless!!!
6/12/2010 8:56:48 PM
Sarah United States
Sarah
I am a radio station "flipper".  I constantly flip through stations to find a song that I like.  Yesterday, Wednesday, I stopped on K-Love to hear "I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me.  That is the only song that we played at my dad's funeral, so that is really the only song that makes me think of him.  As soon as the song was over you started talking about remembering your dad, even teared up a little.  I felt like you were talking through me.  
Being the eldest child, and a Christian, I took on the responsibility to help my dad to let go and prepare him to meet Jesus while he was sick.  That's why I chose this song as a funeral selection.  
Dad has been gone 2 years 3 months and 25 days, but it seems like an eternity.  You asked to share our memories...what I miss most about my dad are 2 things:  #1-being able to pick up the phone and call just to talk, especially any time something new happens or I have news.  #2-I miss seeing his face light up when my 2 children enter the room.  If there was anything my dad loved in life, it was family.  He took such pride in my kids...they were his world.  
It is unfortunate that my nephew was born only 2 weeks to the day of my dad's passing, so he will never get to experience the smile, light and joy on my dad's face like my kids did.  
For all of those missing thier dad's this weekend, and every day for that matter, my prayers of strength are with you.  Death never gets easier, only tolerable.  I take peace and comfort in knowing I will some day be re-united with dad.  "I can only imagine" him being awestruck in the presence of Jesus, dancing and singing praises!
6/12/2010 11:09:52 PM
Paula United States
Paula
My daddy is truly an amazing man!  He lost his wife (my mother) to cancer in 1990.  They were the true example of a Godly marriage.  God then blessed daddy with another Godly women with which to share his life.  In March of 2006, they were in a car accident.  Once again, daddy was without a wife - she didn't survive the accident.  Daddy was severly injured.  Daddy was in a hospital for three months, then in and out of rehab for approximately 6 months.  He didn't know that he had lost his wife for about 6 weeks.  He now resides in a nursing facility.  Not one time during this ordeal has he complained.  His response to persons who ask how he is doing is, "Better than I deserve - God has truly blessed me."  He has an enormous amount of faith.  He always tells people that God is faithful no matter what we face. I am so thankful that God blessed me and my siblings with Godly parents who showed us that nothing is more important than a relationship with God. His favorite song, "Living By Faith" is a testament of his life. I truly am blessed to be able to say Happy Father's Day to a wonderful man!
6/13/2010 6:49:15 AM
christina Ronsonet United States
christina Ronsonet
OMGosh! The young man that just called had almost the same words about their dad as I did. I was trying to figure out a way to say, "Help me bring God to my Dad". I never had a chance to follow through with sending the 7 words, because I'm a teacher and this week was the last week of school. I don't know if he would actually go either. I would have to work on him. But I have been slowly trying to bring God back into my Dad's life for a long time. He was raised Catholic, and went to church until my brother and I were teenagers, but then just stopped. I am in the church choir and have been asking him back to church. This past April I brought him to see Team Impact at Liberty Baptist Church here in Hampton Virginia, and he soon after came to church for Easter service! He has not been back again... yet! I'm still working on him. I think God is working on him slowly, I want you to please let that young man know that he is not alone, and by calling KLove today, he reconfirmed my efforts to get my dad back to God! Go with God my friend!
6/13/2010 7:56:33 AM
Karrie United States
Karrie
Hi Scott,
I listen to K-Love everyday in the car every morning and every afternoon. I wanted to say that I lost my father 12 years ago and I was 12. You see growing up I didn't have my father in my life when I was about 8 I got the courage to start a relationship with him. In those years that I had with him where the best years of my life and I'm so happy that I did get to know him. As times are really hard for me right now it always makes me wonder what my life would be like if I still had him here with me. I have two children right now and it saddens me that he is missing out in their lives but I will tell them all about him.  My son that I just had two months ago I named him after my dad. My dad was an amazing man and I miss him everyday. It has been harder having him gone since I have had children. I totally understand what you are going through on this Father's Day. I thank K-Love for the songs and the encouraging words spoken everyday they always come at the right time. God Bless
6/13/2010 8:47:37 AM
Sarah United States
Sarah
Hi Scott,

This Father's Day I am remembering my wonderful father who passed away almost two years ago.  I was only 21 years old when he passed in 2008, but I am so truly grateful for the spiritual guidance and legacy he left.  He was truly a man after God's own heart and the principles and values he instilled in me and my brother will last forever.  While Father's Day is a sad time for me and others that have experienced similar circumstances, I believe that our greatest days are still ahead and some day we will be reunited!!  I thank the Lord everyday for giving me 21 great years with my daddy!  God Bless!

Sarah  
6/13/2010 9:01:07 AM
Tammy Neal United States
Tammy Neal
I lost my Dad 17 years ago. He was a wonderful man and I miss him greatly. My father in law passed away on Feb 4 2009. I have five children. My husband and father of my children went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 7 2010. This is a very hard Fathers day for me and my children. But we know we will be together again in heaven.  My husband fought cancer for about a year. I listen to K Love all the time. I find comfort in the music. Thank you for being there for us.
6/13/2010 2:35:10 PM
Rose Talese United States
Rose Talese
My dad died when I was six.  The time when I was daddy's little girl.  I went through life missing him and praying that somehow God would bring him back or take me back in time to be with him.  I cried about it often and always hid behind the fact that he was gone. I cried that he wasn't there to go to the father daughter dance, I cried because he wouldn't be at my graduation, or walk me down the aisle, or see my first baby.  
Well, all those days came and went and somehow I survived with God holding my hand through each of them. 21 years have passed since my dad passed and I never thought God would ever answer my prayer to see or have my dad again. In fact, I sort of forgot about it after getting married and having a family of my own. But God never forgot my prayer... I have two little boys one year apart who are completely different in looks and personality.  My husband and I always joke because our second little boy looks nothing like anyone in our family. Well, a couple weeks ago I got my dads childhood book out and was flipping though the photos.  As I flipped one picture jumped out at me as I stared at the page. A picture of my dad when he was little that looked exactly like my second little boy. I looked at it in shock knowing that
God brought a piece of my dad to me... now when I look at my little boy I think my dad and I'm reminded of God's faithfulness to me and that he not only heard my prayers but answered them too.
I'm so glad you gave me this opportunity to share this with you and tell of his wondrous ways.
6/13/2010 2:43:59 PM
Alisha Charles United States
Alisha Charles
I was driving yesterday and heard Scott talking about his late father.  My dad died 3 months ago.  I just started crying and missing my dad.  Thank you for allowing me to write and tell you how this Father's day is a hard one for me.  It is the first Father's day without my amazing dad.  However, my 6 year old son asked me to remember the 40 great Father's days that I had with my dad.  My dad loved me so much. He was very proud of me. I was blessed to have him in my life.  I am thankful for the special times.
6/13/2010 3:57:26 PM
Courtney United States
Courtney
Hi Scott,
I lost my dad, my best friend, in February 1999. I was a Junior in high school and only 17. The day he died was like a nightmare, I thought I would wake up the next morning and he would be there. During our time at the hospital a priest came in and gave me a card and told me that if I prayed the prayer 3 times in a row everything would be ok, well it wasnt, my dad died that day. And I lost my faith in God that day too.  My dad was catholic but we all had been going to a pentecostal church recently and my dad was saved.  The Sunday after he was buried we were back in church and i realized that if I ever wanted to see my dad again I needed to be saved, I gave my life to God that day and have never looked back.  My dad taught me so many things in life but he has also taught me so much in his death too.  I know that my sisters and I are where we are in life because of him.  He was one of the biggest blessings in my life and in his death he's given me so many back. Even though I could cry everyday like I did the day he died he taught me to be strong and have faith in God.  God has put many obstacles in my way after my dads death. My husband is a preacher and we have 3 children. We have moved several times because of financial problems and in 2007 he gave us a beautiful son with a very rare syndrome that affects 1 in 50,000 kids and had to have surgery 2 days after he was born .  Today he took six steps for me by himself we never thought he would walk.  You see if my dad wouldnt have died I wouldnt have the blessings and the family I do today I would be on another path and probably not the right one.  This story may not make it on the radio but i just had to tell someone how much of a huge blessing my dad was in my life and I still here his voice and feel his pats on the back.  The only thing I wish is that God would have let me look into his eyes before he died and let me tell him how much i loved him. But he knows, so dad if you can hear this thank you and I cant wait for that day I can run up and hug you and never let go. Thank you God you blessed me with a wonderful dad.
6/14/2010 9:14:21 AM
Sheryl United States
Sheryl
My Dad passed away a month ago today.  He was on dialysis for nearly five years.  It was getting harder and harder for him and he had no quality of life.  He decided it was time to go off dialysis. He lived in Norway, Maine with his wife of 62 years.  My sister from North Carolina and myself from Oklahoma made reservations to be there on May 11th.  That was the last dialysis treatment he had.  My other sister and a brother both live in Maine.  We had 3 great days with my Dad and talked about many fun times in our life.  He was taken to a nearby Hospice House on May 16th and on May 18th he passed away.  Not many people are able to plan their death.  He is so missed by us all.  Today would have been his 88th birthday instead it is his first birthday in Heaven with a wonderful and amazing God. This will be my first Father's Day without him.  I thank God for the many and wonderful years I had with my Dad.
6/14/2010 9:56:55 PM
Cindy United States
Cindy
Thank you for including those of us who have lost their Dad, especially in the past year and are facing this Father's Day without them for the first time.  My Dad went home to be with the Lord on January 2, 2010 after being in the hospital for 5 weeks.  We didn't know he wouldn't be coming home again until right up to the end.  He had chronic lung problems and was in and out of the hospital many times, but always rebounded.  He was 78 years old and was still working driving a bus for disabled people.  He loved that job with a passion and it was his ministry in his later years.  My Dad was not perfect, but he was my Dad and I loved him so much.  I think about him every day and wonder what he is doing in heaven.  I miss him praying for us as he always did.  I think of him in heaven without any more pain or suffering.  No more bottles and bottles of pills, breathing machines, and inhalers.  I was able to be with him in the hospital room when he took his last breath and I kissed him and told him I would see him in heaven.  The song, "Save a Place for Me" has ministered to me over and over again. I even sent an e-mail to Matthew West and he personally responded back to me which meant so much.  I'm thankful that I had a Godly father and I look forward to seeing him again some day and being with him for eternity.  Thank you for letting me share my story.  
6/14/2010 9:57:26 PM
Vickie United States
Vickie
I lost my dad in 2001 and this time of the year I really miss him. One thing I know for sure is that he is with our Heavenly Father and being loved just like he loved me, unconditionally. He was there whenever I needed him and even when I thought I could get by without him.  

Also my husband died in 2003 at the age of 44, he was a really good dad to our kids. They often talk about going fishing, learning to weld and may other things that he taught them. Please pray for the kids they really miss their dad. They were young and still a lot he could have taught them.
6/14/2010 9:59:15 PM
Myrtle Louise Butler United States
Myrtle Louise Butler
My father has been gone since 1974, but time hasn't darkened some of my memories of him. His name was Lee he wasn't very tall, but he was very strong. He was one of the hardest working people I have ever known. Something as a young person I could not understand was why my mother loved my father's hands so much, his nails were perpetually blackened with grease though he tried hard to keep them clean. He had scars on his hands and they were usually rough, but oh how she loved my dad's hands. So I asked her one day why, and she told me because Daddy's hands had provided for us all our lives. After I grew up and married (a man who worked with his hands for a living little surprise there huh)I understood just what my Mother meant. My Dad's word was his bond, and he was a good honest kind and generous man who made sure we made it to church. I married a man who was much like my father, my husband went to be with the Lord seven years ago. I miss my father and husband both very much. Happy Father's Day Daddy and Evertt!
6/14/2010 10:10:45 PM
Janice Evans Ukraine
Janice Evans
My dad died 50 years ago when I was 7.  Even though I was so young his death left a great void in my life.  If I described him in only 7 words, I would say: protector, provider, example of heavenly father, hero.  I do believe that it was easy for me to accept God as my father because of my father's example.  He worked 3 jobs and still when he came home, he would let my sister and I climb over him, sit in his lap, comb his hair, etc. I never doubted his love for me.  He was a very kind and gentle man. A man I would have loved to be in my life for longer than 7 years.  But I believe that God has worked all for good.  I am the woman that I am today because I had such a stable and secure childhood. My mother remarried and life was horrible and I have many blocked memories of that time.  But I have many, many memories of the first 7 years of my life even up to age 2 all because of the love of my father.
6/14/2010 10:20:06 PM
Aj United States
Aj
My dad passed away when I was 7 years old, today I am 25 years old, and really wanted to know more about him. Ever since, I have known about father's day, I have always felt left alone on this day, but this year, by grace of god, I know I will have a great time with the real father. I don't know if I had the relationship I have with God, if it wasn't for what happened 18 years ago. Many thanks to KLOVE  staff for their awesome work.
6/14/2010 10:29:49 PM
Precious Suarez United States
Precious Suarez
Hi Scott,

I lost my Dad when I was 11 years old on Father's Day. I am now 21 and I still miss him every single day. In fact today is the anniversary of his death. Its been 10 years and I still can not believe it. There honestly are not words to describe how wonderful of a father I had. You see my life has not been an easy one.Ever since I was born I have been faced with so many challanges and hardships a person should never have to encounter. My father fought for me every step of the way. I truly believe when my Dad took his last breath my name came out of his mouth. My dad had been battling diabetes and eventually it caught up to him. He ended up having two strokes one minor and one major which paralized his entire left side of his body. He then had two major heart attacks which completely paralized him head to toe and he was unable to speak. My dad had to live  this way for 9 months just lying in a hospital bed. Many doctors told us there was no hope. Even after hearing this my Father fought to live in order to make sure I was taken care of. The doctors could not believe that a man this sick wanted to live. He told them I want to live for my little girl. God allowed me 11 amazing years with the most wonderful, caring, loving, and supportive father. My dad is truly my gaurdian angel. My dad and I had a song "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle. Everytime I hear it now I always cry because I feel that God is allowing him to speak to me through this song letting me know he is still watching over me making sure I am ok. I am such a strong and courageous young woman now because of the love and support my father and mother have given to me. When times get rough and I feel like I can not go on I just remember my Dad lying in a hospital bed competely paralized not able to speak for 9 months. Yet, never once did he say let me die. He never gave up on me and never turned his back to God. My fathers strength is what pushes me everyday to succeed. God truly blessed me with a angel in disquise. I love you Daddy.

Thank you Scott for allowing me to tell me story.
6/14/2010 10:43:10 PM
Kris Mattiuz United States
Kris Mattiuz
I was just sitting here feeling very sad about Father's Day coming up and lo and behold Eric mentions the website and his struggles with Father's Day.  It was perfect timing!  I just lost my beloved father on Valentine's Day after a short but brave battle with cancer.  Even as my dad struggled with the disease and its ramifications, I saw God's grace and love shine through him.  His faith never wavered and I know he's with the Lord but selfishly I miss him and am sad he's gone.  We spent many hours reminiscing and I am thankful I got to say good-bye.  I trust God will get me through this difficult season and I praise God that my father is with The Father.  Thanks for letting me share...it helps.

P.S.  Love your show, love your station!  I've been sharing my love of KLOVE with friends, both christians and non-christians (working on them!).  I say the station "nourishes my soul".  Keep up the great work and God bless~
Kris
6/14/2010 10:45:38 PM
Jodi Lewis Gambini United States
Jodi Lewis Gambini
I feel so blessed to have had My Dad Larry Lewis in my life for the first 18 years of my Life ! My Dad had Girls only me and my sister that as I get older realize how much a priority we were in his life .He was a larger than life person both in personality and physical appearance .He looked like a Big burly tough guy , but he was like a Teddy bear . My Dad was always helping others anyway he could with connecting someone that needed help with someone that needed a Job or just some encouragement going through a hard spot .
There are 3 memory's that to Speak of who he was .
"My sister was about 4 and wanted to play beauty Parlor and ask my Dad if he would be her customer . So she got on a Chair behind my Dad as he was in his easy chair and spent a hour putting Pink sponge rollers in his hair and the taking them out and trying to style it . My dad just sat there playing along laughing and smiling. " I found this picture that reminded me recently .

Another was in the early 80's when times were tough like today and my Dad lost his Job he had for 15 years and very good money . He went and got a Job to get him through . Which know I realized was a Telemarketing Job selling Event tickets . He brought me in to work with him one day to introduce me to everyone and show me where he worked , introduce me to all his co-workers and show me his desk . Being 12 I thought it was really cool , but at 38 now realized as we are in a similar time can really realize how huge this was . He had a 4 year BS and had a corprate high paying job before . But these things didn't matter to him he choose to not let his circumstance effect his attitude or be a measure of who he was .
The last was when he arrange our Youth group to travel from very Northern california to Down South to get to decorate the Rose Parade Float and sleep out on the street all night on the parade route in the cold . there he was sleeping or NOT sleeping with 20 Teenagers and spent the whole week ON VACATION ! I realize now that It was not as much of a VACATION for him but he spent it with us every year I was in High School .
So blessed to have such a wonderful DAD !
6/14/2010 10:52:51 PM
TRACI United States
TRACI
HEY SCOTT,
I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR LETTING PEOPLE DO A MEMORIAL FOR THE DAD'S WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY.MY DAD WAS A WODERFUL MAN.ME AND MY SISTER AND MOTHER ARE HAVING A ROUGH TIME DEALING WITH HIM BEING GONE,THE ONLY PEACE THERE IS ,IS KNOWING THAT HE'S NOT SUFFERING ANYMORE. DAD'S ILLNESS WAS A SHOCK&SHORT ILLNESS.HE HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER AROUND JUNE 2009.DAD WAS A HARD WORKER,AND WAS WILLING TO LEND A HELPING HAND WHENEVER AND WHEREEVER IT WAS NEEDED.WE MISS HIM SO MUCH,OUR LIVES HAVE CHANGED SINCE HIS DEATH.DAD HAD HIS OWN UNIQUE WAY OF SHOWING HE LOVED US.THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IS THAT MY DAD TURNED HIS LIFE OVER TO GOD IN 2006,MY DAD WAS A PROUD CHRISITIAN,AND WHEREVER HE WOULD GO HE WOULD TELL WHOEVER HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH ABOUT WHAT GOD HAD DONE FOR HIM AND WHERE HE HAD BROUGHT HIM FROM.THERE AT THE END BEFORE DAD GOT TO SICK TO GO TO CHURCH HE WAS HOLDING SOME CHURCH SERVICES .IT HAS BEEN AMAZING THE PEOPLE THAT HE HAS INFLUENCED THROUGH HIS SHORT TIME OF HIM BEING A CHRISITIAN.HE PASSED AWAY DECEMBER 6,2009.THANKS AGAIN.
6/14/2010 10:53:34 PM
Anthony Panico United States
Anthony Panico
Scott, my brother in Christ. Hang in there, my father has been dead since 1992, He also was a christian, many prayers to see him come to know Jesus as his Savior! What I remember of him, he taught me to bowl! He was honest, dependable, good sense of hummor, always worked. My father also wore old spice. It does bring back good memories. Scott remember the good times with your father, talk with you family members about him also. Peace by brother. We both have some in common we shave our heads! Bald people are cool!
6/14/2010 10:55:57 PM
Sharon United States
Sharon
I lost my dad when I was 17 3 months before I graduated from High School. First let me tell you about my father: he was just like Father Knows Best. He was a Boy Scout Leader, member of the mens club at church, choir member and of course an awesome dad. He always made time to spend with me and my brothers and sister. We went camping every summer some of the things he taught all of us were  to water ski, fish, swim my memories of him are so special it's hard to put them into words. As a young girl we lived in the city, as us children approached teen years my mother and father made  decision to move us to the country as they thought too many bad things were happening in the city. We lived in Boulder Creek CA for 3 years before he was taken from us. One Sunday morning before church we all gathered in the living room looking out the window at the creek below (which had become a raging river) the wind was blowing fiercly and then my dad yelled "RUN" we all turned and ran towards the fireplace. Before we knew it trees came crashing through the house, in the confusion we lost track of eachother. One by one we found eachother, except for Dad. As we ripped through the fallen tree and debris from the house we could not find him. Shortly the fire department arrived and within a few minutes found him, burried under everything. There was nothing they could do to save him, he had passed. It took many years to be able to talk about it without crying and now 33 years later I still tear up when thinking of his sacrafice. My Dad is and always will be my hero.
6/14/2010 11:57:59 PM
Christa Shalkowski United States
Christa Shalkowski
This will be my first Farther's Day without my "daddy". First of all I would like to lift up my brother in prayer as my dad was his best friend and being a father himself I know makes this Father's Day hard for him too.  My Dad passed away suddenly and unexpectanly of a heart attack last August. I always knew how lucky I was to have the close relationship I did with him and at 40, I was still his "little girl".  My dad was a man who constantly had a smile on his face, he lived for and was so proud his family and had srong love for God.  Although it makes me sad when I think of all the things he is going to miss with his grandkids he was always, always there for them in everthing they were involved in. Thank you for allowing me to write about my dad- not a day goes by that I don't miss him- but it's with many, many wonderful memories. I thank God everyday for chosing him to be my Daddy.
6/14/2010 11:59:15 PM
Dina United States
Dina
On Friday, June 11, 2010 my Grandfather went to be with the Lord. While I am rejoicing he is with Jesus, I am crying that he is not here with us anymore. My Grandpa was the most giving, loving, kind, compassionate man I have ever known. He lived his life to provide for and to take care of his family. He was a great example of someone who was selfless, and who loved unconditionally, and he did it naturally. God truly blessed me and my family with him, and I will never stop missing him!
6/15/2010 6:18:30 AM
Debbie United States
Debbie
My Dad has been gone almost 15 years he was 61 years old when he died unexpectably. Hardly a day goes by without a thought of him. My Dad was saved and baptised when he was in his 50's I know he is in heaven wating on all of us to join him. My Dad always gave to others, he frequently picked up hitchhikers and gave them all the money he had and invaluable advice we were always so worried for him knowing he was doing this. He always helped other people. He was a schoolteacher and a farmer he treated everyone the same with respect and honesty. One of the greatest things I heard about him was this: he had Mexican immigrants working in the fields for him, their foreman's name was Junior, when my Dad passed away Junior came to his funeral in a suit, he told my Mom that Bill (my dad) always treated them good and fairly he said "He was good man". I still get choked up when I think about that because that's what my Dad was about, treating others good and giving to others. I love him and still miss him I know he's is heaven watching over us all.
6/15/2010 6:21:16 AM
Traci Rasor United States
Traci Rasor
My father passed away on September 3, 2001.  He suffered a brain aneurysm while swimming at a hotel with some friends.  That very same day my mother had been suffering from Vertigo and I was in the process of trying to get some neighbors to help me take her to the hospital and then I got a call from a friend about my fathers death.  The next few months were especially hard for me.  I was 8 months pregnant with his first grandchild and he lived in another state so I was worried I might not be able to make it to the funeral.  Then, after my mom and I came home to Florida, my sister stayed in Oklahoma to help my aunt go through my dads things and then the September 11th tragedy happened and I was worried about my sister being stuck in Oklahoma because of all the planes being grounded.  Then on top of all that my dog had to be put to sleep because of cancer.  Then I had major complications after giving birth to my beautiful daughter Grace and almost died in the hospital myself.  My father was always there for me when I needed to talk.  I remember one time after breaking up with my first boyfriend I was extremely upset and was having a hard time finding someone I could talk to because it was late in the evening and most people were in bed asleep.  So I called my father who was in another time zone 1 hour ahead of me and he listened to me when noone else would.  I just wanted to share with others about what a wonderful man I know my father was.  We all have our faults and noone is perfect but it helps to have a father who's there for you no matter what.  Now, in writing this I realize that I have another Father who is there for me no matter what and He will always be there waiting for me to come home.  God is always listening when I cry out to him.  I pray that I'll be as good a parent to my daughter as my father was to me.
6/15/2010 7:23:25 AM
Teresa United States
Teresa
My dad raised us (me and my two sisters) by himself (for several years). He was amazing. He worked so hard in a coal mine and then came home and played with us. We knew that he delighted in seeing us and hearing us talk...when I lost my dad, I lost my biggest fan. I miss him so much! I would give anything to hear his deep voice again say "I love you" like he so often did. I love you dad and will be celebrating you on Sunday.
6/15/2010 7:28:42 AM
Maureen Carter United States
Maureen Carter
I lost my dad about a week before Father's Day, 2008. He died suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 56. My mom and the paramedics did everything they could to try and save him, but his heart was weak from cardiomyopathy. I still have to remind myself that nothing anybody could have done would have made any difference because the Lord was calling him home. I cry as I write this because I have yet to come to the point that I can think of him without doing so, and I often try to push his memory from my mind to avoid the intense pain I feel over his loss. He was, without a doubt, an incredible father and my truest friend. He loved the Lord and his family, as was evident in everything he did and every relationship he had. He was kind, loving, enthusiastic about life, smart, funny and always present in the lives of his family. He taught me more than I can list here, and I can only hope to be the kind of person he was. After his memorial, the pastor told my mom and I that when he asked the gatherers during prayer to raise their hand if they had decided to accept Christ, 10 people had. When I am having trouble understanding the loss of my dad, I am reminded of that. Maybe his one life was ended to save 10 more. As an adult, when I went home to visit, I would look forward to seeing my dad's face light up as he welcomed me home.....I thank the Lord every single day that because of His promise, as I leave this earth someday, not only will I see the face of Jesus, but I can look forward to seeing my dads smiling face again too....welcoming me home.
6/15/2010 9:11:06 AM
Jason United States
Jason
OK Dad wasn't perfect.  There, got that out of the way.  Now, to what really matters.
When someone so special passes away, I've found that whatever negatives were a part of them seem to fade.  All the positives seem to flourish.
I want to honor Dad, because he was worthy of honor.  Dad passed a couple of years ago.  I am so thankful for the man he was and all he did for his family,friends and strangers.  I can look at my life and see the hand of God in it from early on. Dad was a huge blessing from God to me.
I won't go into all the details of the life-story, but here are some things that he did for me.  Taught me to love being in God's creation, fish, ride a bike, hunt, crab, drive a boat, work diligently, be humble, love his wife, anonymously pick up the restaurant tab for servicemen in town to bury a fallen brother, pick up the tab for a local policeman and his family, risked his life to ransom me from kidnappers, stood as my best man, loved my wife and three boys, sacrificed his time to entertain and show hospitality to others, took our family on vacations,... I could go on and on.... (He also adopted me at age 30 (I believe) so that I could legally be called one of his sons.)
I mention these things he did not too brag, but honor his memory and show that he was a small picture of how wonderful my Heavenly Father is.  (Eph 1:7-8)  He didn't have to do what he did, but he wanted to, much like God did to show us He is Love.
It's also nice to have the gift of retrospection to see that things happen for a reason.  I am so thankful to God for sending me to such a wonderful life.
Thank you, Dad, for the privilege and honor of being one of your sons.  I love you and miss you and am glad you are found in Him.
6/15/2010 5:44:49 PM
Phyllis Cooks United States
Phyllis Cooks
Dear Scott & Kelli,
On March 19th my dad went home to be with Jesus, so this is the first Father's Day without him. People tell me it'll get easier but I just don't see how. I miss him terribly. I often catch myself saying, "I'm gonna ask dad" cause he just about knew the answer to everything, especially things about the Bible. I often see how some people treat their parents and I'm in awe of that because having lost my dad and my mom not in the best of health, I just want to tell those people cherish the time you have with them cause you never know when it will end. My dad was just 2 months shy of his 63rd birthday when he passed. So say a prayer for me and my siblings as we come to deal with our very first Father's Day without him.

Sincerely,
Phyllis Cooks
6/15/2010 9:20:37 PM
Sandy Caudell United States
Sandy Caudell
My Dad at 95 "graduated" to Heaven a couple of months ago.  I miss him but am so thankful that I know where he is.  My dad had a very simple faith.  He would often say "Jesus loves me, this I know...for the Bible tells me so".  After all that is the bottom line!
6/15/2010 10:27:29 PM
Sarah United States
Sarah
I lost my dad a little over 3 years ago.  There are so many memories.  My dad was stict with us kids while growing up.  At the time I always wondered why. Now that I am an adult and children of my own I totally understand.  I remember talking with my dad in my mid twenties about having the Lord in his life.  I witnessed as much as I could but he would always tell me not to pressure him.  I reluctantly agreed. But I never stopped praying for him.  Then one day a few years later he started talking to me and telling me about his special friend and how she & him would always read the Daily bread and enjoyed each others company in Christ.  My heart raced and he proceeded to tell me he had accepted our Lord!!!  Praise God!!
  My daughter was just a little over a year, my boys in their mid teens and a phone call from my mom saying my dad was in the hospital.  We were in one state while he was over 800 miles away.  I waited for my mom to call me back with a room number.  I called my dad and spoke to him that night for a little while and asked how he was doing he said he was having a little trouble breathing...broke my heart.  I told him I would call him the next day.  I did....we talked for hours it seemed.  He would ask about each of my kids individually...which was different he hadn't done that before.  Then we talked about my daughter last, she was sick and we were actually on our way back to take her to the doctor. I told him I would him let him know the verdict as soon as I found out.  He made the comment that they would probably let him go home on Thursday.  But if they didn't he was going home on Saturday whether they liked it or not.  I told him to be have and listen to the doctors.  He just laughed and said okay.  
  My sister called me my dad's condition had worsened as did my daugthter's.  She had pneomia.  I told my sister I wanted to go there but I needed to stay home with my daughter she said that is what I needed to do.  My daughter was in & out of the doctors office, a fever that just wouldn't break.  I felt like my world was coming down.
  I get another call from my sister....they are putting my dad in hospice he is not really responding to anyone.  My dad's very special friend went to spend lots of hours with my dad and give my sister a break.
  My sister called me on Saturday morning she wanted all 7 of us kids to be in agreeance on taking dad off the bipap machine.  He was not responding to anyone.  I agreed, but asked that she put the phone to my dad's ear so I could say goodbye since I was not able to be there.  She held the phone....I told my dad thank you for being my father and that I was thankful for everything he has taught me, for being a big part of my life.....the most important thing I thanked him for was loving me so much to take the time to adopt me and my 2 younger brothers after marrying my mom.  
  It wasn't even an hour after I talked to him that I got the call my dad had passed away...I cried but chuckled a little inside at the same time...yep dad was right they weren't going to stop him from going home on Saturday!!  My daughters fever broke 5 minutes after I got the call.  I often wonder why it had to be that way, but who am I to question my eternal father!
  I do miss my dad greatly, but I have so many wonderful memories that help get through Father's Day!  Thank you so much for allowing me to share.
6/16/2010 8:54:58 AM
Amanda United States
Amanda
My husband died in April of 2008 (sudden heart death at 31yrs) which left our two precious girls without their daddy. They are now 7 and 5 and we still dread holidays....especially this one. However we have made it this far, only by GOD's grace and protection, and I know he is watching over us. We talk about him on a daily basis and I encourage my girls often to think of a wonderful memory with their daddy. We still don't understand the timing in which God chose to take him home and sometimes the anger still arises. We do thank God everyday for his provisions and blessings that are still being poured over us. My husband and our girl's daddy is an amazing man and none could compare. He modeled his life straight from God's word and had no shame in living for him! The legacy he left for his baby girls is so full and rich of God's love! We will forever miss him and wish he were here but we also rejoice that he is singing and dancing with the angels!
6/16/2010 10:07:31 AM
Maureen Carter United States
Maureen Carter
Wow. Last night I sat down to write down a little something to remember my dad. This was significant because I rarely let myself stop and think about him because it just hurts so much. Today I look at the comments and see that mine is gone. It was here last night, so I don't know what happened. I have to say this brings me down quite a bit today, the day before Father's Day. I thought it would be one simple thing that I could do for him to celebrate the day even without him actually being here. So much for that I guess. There must be a reason Frown
6/16/2010 4:31:11 PM
Jane P. United States
Jane P.
My dad was Grover Maughon and he was the senior crusade coordinator for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. My dad was killed in January 1999 in the service of our Lord. He was helping Frankin Graham prepare for a crusade in Mexico, MO. when his car was hit in a snow storm. He was the first (and only) member of the BGEA team to be killed while working. He was a strong Christian man who loved his family and his Lord dearly. There are no words or time to express the impact of his loss. I miss you, Daddy.
6/16/2010 4:39:23 PM
Lisa United States
Lisa
My daddy passed away 37 years ago, when I was only 11.  I feel blessed that, as the oldest of 3 kids, I have many memories that my younger siblings may not have.  I remember so many little things about him, and I've tried to pass them along to my children, so they can know their "Grandpa Walt" as well.  Happy Father's Day, daddy.  I will miss you until we meet again.
6/16/2010 4:40:21 PM
Sandy United States
Sandy
My dad has been with the Lord for many years now.  I'll always have the memory of him sitting at the dinning room table early in the morning reading his Bible and drinking his cup of coffee before my mom fixed his breakfast and he went to work.  He loved the Lord, his church, and our family.  He was a hard worker and a friendly and kind man...always willing to help others. He set a great standard for our family.  He was a wonderful dad, a great example and I miss him.
6/16/2010 4:44:30 PM
Pam Goding United States
Pam Goding
Mar. 10, 2008 I had my rotator cuff repaired.  In the midst of my recovery from surgery, I received a call from sister-in-law stating my Dad was in the hospital and the doctors didn't know how much longer he would live since his cancer was worst. Luckily my daughter was able to drive me to see him.  I remember the minute we arrived there.  There was special plans being made for the following weekend for Easter for all of us to gather for at least one more family time together (me, my four brothers, all of children and grand-children).
He was amazing.  He knew he was dying but his first words were "How is your shoulder". Sorry I got you home sooner."  In all the pain he was in, he didn't care about how he was, but how I was.  

I never had the relationship I wanted with Dad.  My Dad was a farmer and having 4 boys made it easier for help.  Through the years after I had grown up and away from home we grew somewhat closer.  We really grew closer when we both had cancer, mine being breast cancer and his being prostrate cancer.  We were survivors which really began a close bond for us even though we lived 330 miles apart.  It was the bladder, prostrate and liver cancer which took his life on Mar. 16, 2008.  Praise God my daughter could take me to see him before he died.  He did accept Jesus into his heart and he is with God the Father. I still have moments in my life I miss him very much because I am going through the toughest situation in my life and I wish he was here to help me as well as listen to me.  

6/16/2010 4:49:37 PM
Patricia saintilma United States
Patricia saintilma
I saw my father in August 2003; I left his house for religious freedom.  After I graduate from high school, he wanted me to be a Catholic nun, but I wanted to go serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints. I used to call my little brother who was still living with him. My little brother got married with another race.  He got very angry.  My dad doesn’t talk to us. His wife had twins a couple years ago (a girl and a boy). He told my grandpa to tell us to stay away from him because he had replaced us with his new kids. Then he ripped up our birth certificates which mean that we are no longer his kids. My little brother is coming home from Iraq next month; we are planning to give my dad a surprise visit.  We hope that he will take us back.  I really miss him…………………..he’s a great dad, he brought us to the United States from Haiti.
6/16/2010 4:50:25 PM
Susan Watt United States
Susan Watt
I was the only girl in a family with five children. My dad never really paid any attention to me and I always wondered why.  About 15 years ago after I had moved away from home with my own family, he invited me to go to Mexico with him and my mom.  He took me for a walk on the beach and apologized profusely for not being a better dad, explaining that he really didn't know how to be a dad to a girl and that he figured that mom would take care of me.  I never had any hard feelings, just a kind of sadness about it. From that day forth, we had a very rich, blessed relationship.
He let me drive him for treatments when he was diagnosed with cancer, afterwards we spent the afternoons together just talking, shopping or going out to lunch. I was so grateful to God for letting us move back to the area where he lived so that I could have a few wonderful years of memories before my dad passed from this earth. Dad died in Oct. 2007 after a short bout with cancer.
This Father's Day is even more difficult because I also lost my husband (who was a father of two mostly-grown sons) to cancer on Dec. 5, 2009.  I also lost my mom in Sept. of the same year.
I'm so grateful that I have a heavenly Father who has helped us through all this pain and keeps His promises to comfort and never leave us.
6/16/2010 4:51:02 PM
Lisa Caviness United States
Lisa Caviness
I just had to share what type of dad I had. When I was a child we picked up hitchikers and daddy always carried a gospel tract in his glove compartment. He always believed that we "entertained angels unawares." He had so much compassion for people that he even saw a family living in a car and bought them a house. This was not a rich man, he went to the bank and borrowed the money. As society changed, he began to stop and give the tract with some money inside to hitchikers. He even had a young man come and ask to borrow $2.00 for gas and daddy let him keep a $!00.00 bill. Now, daddy might now have seen another $100.00 himself for a while. He was the model of compassion and my very best friend. I pray that I can be just a little like him. I know there were many who lined up in heaven when he slipped into eternity 10 Years ago to say thank you. I am so very fortunate to have been around a human being who always thought of others. Thank you daddy! You will never know the void your life has left! Only God is our comfort!
6/16/2010 4:54:05 PM
Steve Parker United States
Steve Parker
Hi, my dad died March 24, 1999 from cancer.  It took this illness for him to realize he needed Christ in his life.  That last yr of his life he was a different person than my entire life.  Even his facial expressions where different after he accepted Christ.  But because of this, I know I will see him again, and the reunion will be great.  
6/16/2010 4:57:29 PM
Sharon United States
Sharon
I was kind of afraid of my dad as a kid because I never knew what might set him off. He wasn't physically abusive but he often made me cry with his words. After I had grown up and been married and divorced I moved back in with him and Mom with my 2 year-old son. He and my mom were baptized and joined a church. He became the only Dad my son ever knew. We were able to talk about my childhood and repair our relationship. I was blessed to have an unbreakable father-daughter bond till his death in 1999. I miss him still but know we'll be together again because I am also a Christian now.
6/16/2010 5:03:59 PM
Stephie United States
Stephie
My father died when I was 5 years old.  Few minutes before he died, he said, “I am going to be gone, I want you to be strong, life is going to be hard, but stay close to God, he will take care of you, after all I was only your care taker, God is your father he will never leave you, when life get hard just call his name, he will be there.” I was a kid; I didn’t the meaning of these words.  But I cherish them a great deal because they were his last words, not because I understand them. He died right after talking to me.  I have been using his advice daily, God has been taking care of me and every day I tell myself to be strong.  Sometimes I found myself crying , I never had a mother in my life, he was the mom and the dad, I feel  like we didn’t spend enough time together . I wish that we could.  He will always
6/16/2010 5:19:57 PM
Tina Craver United States
Tina Craver
I lost my Dad almost 4 years ago, he was my best friend and such a wonderful role model, he NEVER told anyone no, no matter what time of day or night someone needed him, he dropped everything he was doing to help. I can remember growing up, going to our church every Saturday, my mom cleaned the church and me and Daddy mowed the yard.  He developed a blood clot on the brain and the dr's were watching it closely, and then he fell...putting a bulb in the kitchen light and hit his head on the corner of a drawer; he was admitted into the hospital and surgery was done to remove the clot.  Operation went good, but the clot redeveloped and they had to go back in, from this surgery, he developed the MRSA virus and they had to remove the righthand side of his skull.  He was in and out of hospitals and nursing homes for 18 months, with many accidents at the nursing home (broken arm, broken hip) and survived still in yet his hip operation....He developed DEMENTIA, but he ALWAYS knew who we were.  His behavior became violent and he had NEVER been violent before, he hurt me that his nurses never knew the kind, sweet, compassionate,loving father that I always knew...On September 11th, 2006 he went to be with his precious Lord and Savior..and to me It was the most beautiful thing I have EVER experience...I WAS THERE WHEN MY DADDY SAW THE GATES OF HEAVEN...what more could you ask for?  Daddy I miss your hugs and your kisses and can't wait to see you again!
6/16/2010 5:41:45 PM
Susan United States
Susan
It was the one thing that literally brought me to my knees as no other event in my life to that point. My Dad passed away from cancer  20 years ago this month. I grieve(d) this great loss, yet it stands as the "great divide" of my life. It was literally an Eternal-Life-changing event. My Dad's love made me feel so special. How I anticipated my toddler son to also know the special love of his Grandpa too. Although I grieve his loss deeply, through it, we gained a love that will endure forever...In loosing my earthly father, we found our Heavenly Father.  
6/16/2010 6:16:13 PM
Christopher Roth United States
Christopher Roth
Hey Scott,

I too just heard your comment on the radio about losing your father. I lost both my mother and father in 2007. What I loved most about my dad was how he loved to make others laugh, helped me assemble all of my G.I. Joe toys, read the newspaper comics to me when I was little, and how he insisted that I grow in my faith, even though his was weak and almost non-existent at times.

I will always remember his smile and how he taught me how to mow the lawn, trim bushes, drive our old truck, and work hard in everything I did. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share. Happy Father's Day to everyone who still has their dad in their life. Please, do not let any time with him go to waste.
6/16/2010 6:28:14 PM
Cindy Gorski United States
Cindy Gorski
My Dad taught me how important patience is for everything in life. I lost him this Christmas Eve morning, but I know in God's time we will be together again. All my life my Dad was a living example of the true meaning of patience in every aspect of his life. As a war veteran of WW2 and the Korean War, he was very wise and experienced life in ways I've never know. I learned from him to give without expecting anything in return. To help others without being asked. To show compassion to all people around me, because you really don't know everything that may be going on in their life. He was a walking example of what I admire the most and I try to live my life the way he lived his. Happy Fathers Day in Heaven Daddy. Your favorite and only daughter, Cindy
6/16/2010 6:49:55 PM
Larissa Parkey United States
Larissa Parkey
I lost my Dad eight years ago. I had just gotten married and off of bed rest due to complication of my pregnancy.
My Dad was my best friend, I did everything with.
He accept my mistakes and help me worship GOD.
I wish he was here now to help me in my divorce and give me my encouraging words that he would do.
I never knew a sweeter man.
I love You DAD.
6/16/2010 6:55:12 PM
Stacy Brown United States
Stacy Brown
My dad passed away a few years ago from a sudden massive heart attack at the young age of 46.  Father's Day is always a hard day for me because he was such an amazing father.  I am now a mother of a beautiful 6 month old and it makes me incredibly sad that he never got to be a grandpa. He was a manager of Wal-Mart and after he passed away, I started having dreams of him and they always took place in Wal-Mart.  I'm thankful God gave me those dreams because it allowed me to keep his memory alive.  I was so afraid that I would forget his voice or our memories and I think God gave me those dreams so that I could allows remember. The dreams have since stopped but I've kept a journal of all the memories and dreams I can remember.  Keeping a journal allows me to continue to remember the amazing times we had together.
6/16/2010 7:09:11 PM
Robert G United States
Robert G
My Dad died 6 yrs ago and I miss him.  After suffering a heart attack again he was taken to "his" hospital. They had to do a procedure on him that if it failed, he would not make it. He instructed the doctors and family that I had the final say regarding life support for him. We had just learned that his first great grandchild would be here in seven months and he wanted so much to see/hold her. Doctors informed me that the procedure failed and Dad had at most 3 painful weeks left so I had to make the decision.
With tears on my keyboard right now, I remember that my Dad always showed me what Jesus-stlye unconditional love was.
The last thing he told me was "there will be a time when the only hand that can help you is that of Jesus. And I'm ready to reach out.  I'm glad that you are learning to trust God at your church; Keep going". Yes, Father's Day is hard for me but I know where my Dad is everyday.
            
6/16/2010 7:39:16 PM
thomas United States
thomas
Scott,
My daddy passed away suddenly march 10th 1996. I have never been the same since. I was the oldest of three boys and if my daddy made a step I was stepping right behind him.We were close, and I could talk to him about anything.So full of wisdom,a quiet man.We used to farm togeather and as time went on he would look at me and say your growing up so fast,and of course I did not think I was ever going to turn 16. He would say those words to me with tears in his eyes. Now I have a son that is 17, and I tell him the same thing. I now understand those tears.
My daddy taught me to drive at a young age and I used to drive farm trucks and tractors everywhere we farmed. I still have one of our old tractors and when I drive it I still can hear him say "hold on" when shifting to 8th gear. It's things like that you miss.I was my daddys right hand and with him I fit in this world. I have grown to depend on my heavenly father for what I have lost but I miss my daddy.
My wife lost her father this year and she has been so heartbroken without him in her life. Tomorrow they will be missed but then again they are missed everyday.I thank God for a wonderfull father.One day we will be togeather again.
6/16/2010 8:31:49 PM
Danielle Gidding United States
Danielle Gidding
My dad meant the world to me.  I was his little girl and I was his world.  When my dad came  home in 2008 from being deployed the day I say him I knew from being a nurse and his symptoms he had a brain tumor.  His fears were confirmed on Father's Day of 2008.  My heart just broke.  The only thing that kept coming to my mind was I have to get some time to talk to my dad and lead him back to the Lord.  That was one of my biggest prayers if I am going to lose my dad I want him back again in heaven.  My dad had a long painful process with cancer.  It just killed me to see him go through that pain.  One day my dad was telling me he was so sorry for everything he ever did that hurt me.  I told him I forgave him.   We were in his living room with no one else around and I talked to my dad again about God and two weeks before my dad passed away I was able to pray with my dad and lead him to the Lord.  My prayer was answered I may have lost my dad on earth but I will get to see him again.  My dad passed away July 4th 2009.  I thank God for each and every day I had with my dad.  
6/16/2010 8:35:23 PM
Suzanna Cloward United States
Suzanna Cloward
Hi Scott, Sorry to hear about your Dad, I know its hard. I still have my Dad, but we just lost my little brother, Donnie(age25),on May 22, so we will be at the cemetary before church tom. It will be a hard day for my Dad. Please pray for our family- parents shouldn't have to bury their children-- it doesn't seem right. I don't understand. I do trust God though and so does Dad. Oh soooo hard. Thanks for your prayers. I will pray for you as well.
6/17/2010 3:33:32 AM
Jennifer Moore United States
Jennifer Moore
Hi, Scott i was listening to k-love earlier today and heard about how you just recently lost your dad. Well about 7 months ago i lost my dad. It was very hard for me becuase i was a daddy's girl. I believed in God and grew up knowning him but was never a devoute christian follower. I became very angry after he died. Especially towards my husband and did some things to him that i didn't understand why i was doing them until i realized that my husband wasn't leave me and forgave me for everything. I gave my life to GOD and I know that my dad would be very proud of me. He had a very hard life growing up and didn't become a follower until i was 16 years old. I was so amazed at his funeral how many lives he touched. There was almost 400 people there. He taught taekwonda at a christian ultimate arts center and coached my little brother in wrestling. He also helped create a GIRL2GIRL SELF DEFENSE VIDEO. He was my role model when it came to be an follower of christ. I love him and miss him very much.
6/17/2010 4:29:34 AM
Kyra Lewis-Pervere United States
Kyra Lewis-Pervere
My dad was the most amazing person in the world. He was always there for our family, and did anything and everything for us. He never missed a holiday, birthday, anniversary, etc. in my entire life. He was always so happy and funny! His laugh and smile were contagious. Even when he was first diagnosed with cancer in 1997. It was an extremely aggressive and rare type of sarcoma. After surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, he beat it! He was in remission for over 10 years when the cancer came back.  Within those 10 years, he watched my brother, sister, and I graduate high school, begin careers, and attend (and graduate) college. He lived life to the fullest. Unfortunately, the cancer came back in September of 2007. We were shocked. He again underwent surgery (in the same shoulder), and more chemotherapy. He was so upbeat! He never complained, he was always smiling and laughing, even though he was in so much pain. He even joked with us, saying, "who drives themselves to chemotherapy??? (and surgery)" The cancer was so aggressive. Within a year it had spread to his lungs and liver. He still fought so hard. He had lung surgery, liver surgery, another shoulder surgery, and more chemo than a human body is supposed to handle. He even underwent clinical trials. He was optimistic too. "Maybe I'll be in the 20% success rate!" His doctors were even astonished as to what my father was able to handle and endure. (Exactly one month after his intrusive lung surgery, I was fortunate to have him walk me down the aisle to my husband.) After fighting for over 2 years, when doctors said he would have weeks to months, he passed away on January 14, 2010. His passion and devotion to GOD during this trial was incredibly inspiring. He is the reason I am able to smile and trust in the good LORD. I miss him so much and know that my first father's day without him is going to be so hard after all my father has done for me, and after how hard he fought to stay alive. Thank you for allowing me to post how truly amazing my dad was and even continues to be, as I am continually inspired by his memory and compassion for life and the LORD. Not even this little blurb does him enough justice for how truly amazing he was, but I had to try =)
6/17/2010 4:30:37 AM
Brooke Taylor United States
Brooke Taylor
My dad passed away 5 1/2 years ago of a massive heart attack and died instantly.  I was 20 and far away at college.  It came as a shock to everyone, however it was so neat to see how many lives he had touched.  After going to his memorial service I realized that God had a plan for him and with over 1000 people showing up to celebrate his life, I realized that my dad had fulfilled God's plan.  He was a strong Christian man, an elder at our church, and a business owner.  He lived his life for Christ every day and it showed.  He was such an amazing father to my brother, sister and I.  I am so thankful for all the wonderful times I had with my dad.  Since his death I have graduated from college, gotten married, and this past year we had a beautiful baby boy!  It's been hard to not be able to share all the exciting times in my life with my dad, but I know I am so blessed.  This Father's day is no longer just a day to remember my dad, but it will be the first of many to also celebrate my husband as a father.  My dad's favorite song was "I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me.  I miss my dad so much, but I know he is dancing with Jesus and that makes me happy!
6/17/2010 8:27:28 PM
darla United States
darla
scott and kelli--awesome!!! awesome radio show and thanks for all that you do, including, (but not limited to), this meaningful and heartfelt opportunity to share positive thoughts about our earthly fathers as we celebrate another annual Father's Day recognition!!! thanks for sharing your own personal insight too.  

Daddy passed june 1, 2009--unexpectedly and suddenly, at a young age of 66.  the following words, which were included in the program for his homegoing service sum up very well some of what i loved most about my awesome Father:  "A wise and kind-hearted soul, ... never met a stranger.  With his caring ways, His sense of humor And personal interest in whoever He was conversing with, That was our Daddy, our ..."

hey, Scott, Kelli and K-Love family - keep up the great work! thanks again and God Bless You!
6/18/2010 11:23:14 AM
Lisa United States
Lisa
Hi Scott, I lost my dad Dennis Dec.14,2009 of a heart attack its been difficult on the family but we lean on the Lord to get us through and know that someday we will meet again. My dad was my hero the best dad in the whole world to my 2 brothers a husband to our mom and best pepa to the grandkids. I have many memories of my dad. He was always there when I needed him and could fix anything. He was one of a kind and amazing man. Love Has Come by Mark Schultz reminds me of seeing him again when Jesus returns helps when I'm having a hard time him not being here with me. I wanted to honor my dad today.
6/18/2010 10:00:11 PM
Jennifer United States
Jennifer
This broadcast hit really close to home, because I lost my father three days ago, on June 17th.  He had been in the hospital for 6 weeks with an infection, but was well on his way to recovery when suddenly he had a massive heart attack.  I knew at that point that we were going to lose him.  He passed away a week later, surrounded by his family and much mourned. I am fortunate to have had a chance to say goodbye to him, but it was very difficult to see him in that condition, and to let him go in the end.  I was so close to him, and I feel a little lost knowing that he'll miss all the important moments of my life from now on.  I was recently at a wedding and cried when I realized my own father would never walk me down the aisle or do the father-daughter dance at my wedding. I thank God for letting me have him for this long - he was the most generous, loving father, and I know he is finally at peace and free of pain but am so grieved to have lost him. He had many health challenges (Type 1 diabetes) but was a strong man and never held back in life.  He taught me to be strong, and always believed in me, even when I didn't believe in myself. In his final moments, I sang him "Amazing Grace" (his favorite song), and I hope it brought him comfort - I know I will always think of him when I hear the song.  This Father's Day has made me sad as we cope with the grief and also deal with the details of death so soon after losing him.  

Thanks for everything, Daddy - I'll love and miss you forever.
6/19/2010 10:15:38 PM
Sonia Perez United States
Sonia Perez
Father's Day for me hasn't been the same since my dad passed away in Sept. 2001.  I thank God everyday for blessing me with the opportunity to have had such an extraordinary dad.  My dad taught me to be the person I am today...strong, independent, and good-hearted; I made sure to teach my children the same morals and values I was taught, especially because I was blessed with 5 wonderful sons.  My dad was an inspiration to me growing up and continues to be an inspiration.  I'm sure my daddy is looking down on me with a smile because I turned out to be a pretty good kid...Even though my dad went through some tough times with alcoholism, I never let that get in the way of the love, respect and honor I felt for him.  After about 12 years of being sober, my daddy lost his fight with the liver disease that took his life.  To this day, I don't care to drink alcohol, even when my daddy was alive and was recovering from alcoholism I never drank around him out of pure respect.  My dad was always the life of the party during family functions...a joke never got by without being told.  Either my dad was cracking jokes or playing his guitars and singing for our guests.  I miss those family functions and taco Sunday's at mom and dad's house.  I miss my dad dearly and I can't wait until I can see him again.  God bless and thank you for listening.
6/23/2010 11:46:36 PM
octavian ramirez United States
octavian ramirez
hello scott,
i lost my father june 11, 2010 he still is a wonderful father and my hero. i am now 15 going on to 16 in 3 months the worst thing for on june 11 was that i had to watch my father pass away to the other side in front of my eyes. my father was very much into history and had huge popeye arms. my father had to leave my mother so soon which i am scared of what to do and of whats going to happen in the future and that i wanted people to read the story i telling for its one you never want in you life. thank you daddy for all the things you have and the laughs you brought but i will see you when my time has come to go wherever you go when you die. love you.
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