Jun 17 2010

What Have You Learned From Your Dad???

Kelli and I have heard the most amazing stories of how God has moved through dads. We would love for you to share how God moved through your dad, and how He used those moments in your life. Happy Father's Day and Thanks for sharing!!! ~ Scott

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6/9/2010 6:26:04 PM
McKayla United States
McKayla
My dad is so awsome! When my parents got devorced God sent him to our family. He has been with me through the ups and downs in life and I know he will never leave me.
6/9/2010 6:32:52 PM
Adara United States
Adara
Last year me and my brother were kicked out of our home by our mother. My mother was very verbally abusive and made me and my brother feel worthless. My parents were in the process of getting a divorce and my dad was living with my aunt. My dad made a place for me and my brother to live when there wasnt one. He showed us that we are precious and worth a lot more then we previously believed. God showed us through my Dad that we are loved, and special, and worth fighting for. God has now provided us with an amazing apartment...We havent been this happy in about 10 years.
6/9/2010 6:35:32 PM
Adara United States
Adara
Last year me and my brother were kicked out of our home by our mother. My mother was very verbally abusive and made me and my brother feel worthless. My parents were in the process of getting a divorce and my dad was living with my aunt. My dad made a place for me and my brother to live when there wasnt one. He showed us that we are precious and worth a lot more then we previously believed. God showed us through my Dad that we are loved, and special, and worth fighting for. God has now provided us with an amazing apartment. We havent been this happy in about 10 years.
6/9/2010 6:39:02 PM
Jill United States
Jill
I have learned the art of getting along with people and how to have a conversation from my dad.  My dad was/is in ministry.  He served in one small church for 25 years.  He knew how to get along with people.  He still lives in that community and is often called on to do weddings and funerals.  He can carry on a conversation with anyone.  He talks about every day subjects and seems to always find a connection somehow.  But in ministry, he also knows when to talk and when to be quiet.  I love that about him!
6/9/2010 6:43:16 PM
Caren United States
Caren
10 Things I’ve Learned From Dad

1. Neatness counts.
2. Ice cream is a good thing. Homemade ice cream with fresh peaches is better.
3. Making peanut brittle is fun. Remember to "stir so it don't run over."
4. Drive safely. If it's snowy, pump your brakes. (Unless you have newer anti-lock brakes)
5. Work hard and be accurate. If a job is worth doing, it's worth doing right.
6. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and move on.
7. Be sensitive and considerate toward others, willing to help whenever or however needed.
8. When life gets hard, keep your sense of humor.
9. When life gets harder, hold onto God and remember to make sure everybody else is OK.
10. Above all, love, serve, and have faith in God.

Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father,
And give attention that you may gain understanding,
For I give you sound teaching;
Do not abandon my instruction.
~Proverbs 4:1-2

Thanks, Dad. Your first 81 years have made a huge impact for good on a lot of people. I'm looking forward to the next 82!
6/9/2010 6:44:44 PM
Nicole United States
Nicole
My dad is one of a kind. He has taught me so much it would take years just to tell it all. He has taught me how to play sports, read, fly fish, the importance of our natural world and its dwindling resources. He gives me guidance when I need it, especially when I have to make tough decisions. He has loved me since day one. I believe the most significant thing taught to me by my dad is simply how to live.
6/9/2010 6:46:46 PM
karen United States
karen
My Dad gave me  the  sense of being able  to  take a stand for  things  that  were right and  good.    Even in  churches, my Dad  would tell us to always  go to the  Bible  & see  what God's Word  says.   It's easy to listen to a pastor say "whatever" from the pulpit, but I have remembered my  Dad's wisdom in encouraging  us  to go  back to  Scripture to read if  it measured  up.  

Another lesson my Dad  taught  me was, when  I was going  through a very tough break-up w/a boyfriend I had  been  serious  with, he  reminded  me  how God had someone better ...  & talked to me about  different degrees of  love.  It was  such a sweet  conversation, just  between my Dad &  I.   I am  now  in my mid-50s, but he has left me  with many valuable  lessons.
6/9/2010 6:50:51 PM
Michelle United States
Michelle
My Dad taught me that spit heals mosquito bites!

Michelle
Macon, GA
6/9/2010 6:57:08 PM
Amber United States
Amber
Sadly I learned a lot of "don'ts" from my dad.
He was mostly a bad example.

My seven words were a lot like that one boy's for his father:
"If he goes, he could be saved."

He wasn't the best father, I often was very angry with him.  But I still care about him and I was praying that he could go on this cruise and it would lead him down a different/good path.
6/9/2010 6:57:17 PM
Sara Jolliff age 16 United States
Sara Jolliff    age 16
My dad has taught me so much he has taught me to love god love people, the underwear song, but most of all my dad has taught me to always turn to god no matter where my faith is stnading. For that i greatly thank himSmile
6/9/2010 7:01:43 PM
Connie M Martin United States
Connie M Martin
My dad never learned to read. He dropped out of school at age 14 still in the 6th grade. Once out of the service and married to my mom he was able to get enough out of the newspaper to carry his own with anyone who wanted to talk news and he worked his way through the paper every day well into his seventies. He worked 25+ years at a factory job creating tools that they patented. He was never do broke that he could not give to someone with less. I learned to be forgiving, generous and thoughtful from him. When someone comes up asking if I can help because they can't read, I can smile and say "Neither could my dad, I would be honored to help you!" My dad, Rober R. Martin passed away 7 days before my 40th birthday - that was 8 years ago and there is never a day that passes that I don't think of him.
6/9/2010 7:03:07 PM
Rachel Duffus United States
Rachel  Duffus
One of the first things I ever learned from my Dad was "You are on a need to know basis." (and guess who doesn't need to know?)

That may sound harsh, but it's really been enlightening, especially when you put it in a spiritual context, because some times we don't need to know and just to go with the flow. It's faith.

As a side note, this has also taught me to listen in better. ;P
Which is also a good thing in the spiritual context. (At least that's what I like to believe)
6/9/2010 7:04:10 PM
Cammy United States
Cammy
What a bittersweet Father's Day as my Dad went home to his heavenly home almost 2 months ago but what a blessed life I lived in having him as my dad.  As hospice told us to let him know what was happening so he could make amends with anyone he needed to before dying - we could honestly say there is no one to make amends with.  He never held a grudge, he could talk to anyone and made friends everywhere he went, and was respected by and loved by many. He never took hard feelings to bed and greeted each new day - working hard and just enjoying life.  I was blessed by God to have him as my Dad.
6/9/2010 7:06:53 PM
Kevin Cummings United States
Kevin Cummings
My father died in February and I have spent a lot of time thinking about the lessons he taught me and so many others.  As I reflect upon his life I realize that it was a life well lived.  Most significantly  he taught me the importance of living out his life's creed.  He believed strongly that the most important thing in life is to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.  He led me and many others to Christ and his example of devotion to Christ and to others will live on in me and the many others he touched so deeply.      
6/9/2010 7:09:06 PM
Rob Gardner United States
Rob Gardner
I lost my Dad Gordon back on July 31, 2007 to brain cancer. He was the greatest man i have ever known and his last words to my sister and I were, "Never give up, Never give in Clear the mind of can't and won't will follow. PRAY, PRAY PRAY!" His children and grandchildren would never be the blessed people they are without Jesus and him allowing Jesus to work through him.
6/9/2010 7:13:50 PM
Abigail United States
Abigail
I've learned a lot from my Father and I'm sure I will learn more as I get older. This is what I've learned so far though.

1)Don't put your trust or faith in things, money or people put your faith in Jesus, because he is in control of everything.

2)If your going to do something, don't do it half way, but out your whole heart into it.

3)It will feel better when it quits hurting lol

4)Life is not based on your circumstances, but what you make of you circumstances.

5)Love the Lord thy God with all you heart, mind, and soul

6)My dad taught me to never let anyone change who I am, except God.

7)You reap what you sow

8)Always look ahead...that includes driving lol

9)My dad has taught me to stand up for what I believe in, even if others around me don't agree.

10)What really proves our loyalty to God is when we worship and praise him our storms and struggles.

Well I'm sure I could of came up with a lot more, but ten is enough. My dad is the best!! I wouldn't trade him in for anything or everything. I love him with everything inside of me.
6/9/2010 7:14:42 PM
Sharon United States
Sharon
Sometimes we learn things from our parents but not because they lovingly taught them to us.  My dad walked out when I was 10 and basically left 5 kids for my mom to raise with no help.  No financial, emotional, or physical help at all. I have lived all my life knowing that my dad didn't love me and didn't want me.  He died of lung cancer 5 years ago but before he died he contacted each of us and apologized.  I had waited 30+ years to hear those words and it took him facing death to get them.  Fathers Day is a difficult holiday for me.  I don't know if I'll ever get over my daddy not wanting me.  It did teach me that my heavenly father is always there and loves me.  Put your faith not on men but on the Lord....he will never let you down.
6/9/2010 7:19:28 PM
Libby Robinson United States
Libby Robinson
My Dad is a very strong Christian and loves to hunt. He always teaches me the right the  to do in any situation. There are so many things that my Dad has taught me!  Here are some of them:

To be quiet when we are hunting.
If someone is mean to me, be nice to them.
Keep my room clean.
To always trust the Bible.


6/9/2010 7:23:37 PM
Rhonda United States
Rhonda
I grew up in a family of 5 kids, and my mom stayed home with us. My daddy was a long distance truck driver, so he was gone for several days at a time. Even though he was not always there, he was the leader of our home. My mom had to make some big decisions in his absence at times, but we respected him as the "head of household". He instilled us all with the best work ethic ... "Do all your work as unto God, not unto man. No matter who your boss is, God is really the one you are serving. So do the very best you can do at everything, and that's all anyone can ask of you." As we grew up, he bent over backwards to make sure we had absolutely everything we needed, and most of what we wanted. When we all went through our rebellious phases, my Daddy would always tell us as we were walking out the door, "Remember who you are. And remember, sin will take you farther than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay." When I came home unwed and pregnant, I was so afraid to tell my parents, but when I finally did, they still accepted and loved me, despite my own bad judgement. They helped me to raise my daughter, Mercy, while I was a young single mom.  A few years later, when I was diagnosed with a benign but deadly brain tumor, my daddy stood by me from beginning to end, helping me through it all. After I was married and moved out, my husband and I had a second daughter, and I had to undergo radiation shortly after her birth. Because I was unable to work and we depended on my husband's income, my daddy took all of his vacation time from work to drive me the two and a half hour round trip drive for my radiation therapy. He has made sure I've been taken care of even as an adult. And now, as a 31 year old mother of 2 girls and a boy on the way, I have to say that my dad has been an amazing example of God's love to me. I thank God that I was raised by such Godly parents, and I pray that my children will see Jesus in me like I see Him in my parents.
6/9/2010 7:24:18 PM
Vivien and Rick United States
Vivien and Rick
Scott and Kelli...

What a great new song by Sanctus Real, Lead Me... A great stroy on how the song cam about, that we can all learn from, and the Prayer book on their site that is just awsome...  Please play more of this one...  Lead Me...  Lead Me Father, Lead me...

Love
Viv and Rick
6/9/2010 7:24:40 PM
Cherish United States
Cherish
Father's Day for me is a blessed time because of my husband.  When I was a child, I suffered great harm at the hands, words and actions of my dad.  I have been married now, for 22 years to C.J.

Scott and Kelli, When you began honoring dads with 7 words, my words came instantly.

To my husband: When I was a child I did not know THE ONE I know now...THE ONE our children know because of you.
SIX words...when I think of you:  "You have often shown us Jesus".  Thank You.
6/9/2010 7:29:44 PM
Abigail age 16 United States
Abigail age 16
My Father is my world!! I love him so much. When I'm having a bad day he knows how to cheer me up! I am very thankful that my dad raised me in church. My dad knew what was best! Althrough out my life my dad has sacrificed everything for me. Everything was about his children. If we needed something he didn't think twice. If I lost my dad, I would die inside. My dad has done everything he's capable of doing to help me. He's taught me everything about Jesus. He wants the very best for me. My father told me one time that If I failed in life, he would fail in life. I love you dad!! You have been the best Father and you have taught me everything I need to know!!
6/9/2010 7:31:05 PM
JJ United States
JJ
I'm kind of afraid to write this because my mom might listen but I think she doesn't listen to this station any more. I just became 12 years old. My dad is my hero to me and my sister whos younger. My dad kind of brought us up or rased us i guess u can say. My mom was having a boyfriend with my dads best friend. Even though it happenned like 6 years ago, me and my sister remember how dad was so sad when he left. We didn't want him to leave. And now he may have to leave again because of his job. me and my sister live with my mom and her boyfriend i guess because there married so hes her husband. but hes not my dad!!!We love our mom and the guy is nice to us. But he's not our dad. I think because i'm older i kinda get it more than sis but i know what happened. And even though mom says its okay we shouldn't worry we still do. But dad always makes us feel better. when were happy or sad. and sad i mean. I mean it doesn't matter because dad always makes us like better. I don't know the word. Like its okay. Sometimes he cries and i tell him mom says he shouldn't cry but he says it's okay to cry if your sad. I hope he gets a girl friend. All my friends who are girls think hes cute and there I mean their moms always ask me if he has a girl friend? my teachers ask to. My dad is soooo funny and he is the smartest man I know. And he does everything he can for us. My sister is reading this and shes' crying and says i shouldn't send this but i think it's important that people know my dad is great. and even though its not his fault that mom divorced him i get mad at my mom for acting like its not that big deal of a big deal i mean because daddy doesnt say bad stuff about mom and says if he never met mom that weed never be born so that should make us a little happy. sometimes he's on tv and he touches his tie to say hi to me and my sister. I wish he didn't have to move. i wish we could live together even if it was in a small house without a ppol, even if he wa s still married to mom. i I know tht I learned you should love your mom and dad the same but we love dad more and im just being honest and i hope god doesn't get mad at me for that. im also afradi for my sister when she gets older cuz she might not talk to mom about stuff. dad talks to me and its like i'm talking to a friend bu a really, really, really smart friend cuz eh knows the answers an d makes me feel good for asking and id be imbarrased to ask my mom. Sorry I know I'm not spelling good enough. I guess I want to know if its possible to pray for my dad. He told me and my sister sooooo many stories well not stories because theyre true but of things he prayed about and godGOD answered my dads prayers so even tho it looks like hes moving GOD has done it befoe and he just said we should pray GOD does it again. So i guess i hope everyone can pray for my dad to stay close to us. My sister wants me to type her dog is named Lucy like the girl just said. I thinkim done. my friends all think my dad is great. sometimes he shows me newspapers and magazines that make him sound great to.too. Dad says sometimes those things aren't true and says we shouldnrt always read them but says itw bette if he shows us instead of other kids. I LOVE MY DAD SO MUCH!!! I just dont want him to leave. Please dont say my name en case my mom is listening. and im typing on dads computer. i hope his email doesn't show up even though its his other email for our family. sorry for the mistakes. klove is my favortie station and my dads too!
6/9/2010 7:39:58 PM
Brenda Parr United States
Brenda Parr
Fathers Day will be very different for my husband & I this year. Both of our Dad's passed away almost 3 mths ago .. they died 9 days apart. Our hearts are at peace knowing they are both with Jesus,yet it has been difficult to deal with the loss of 2 wonderful Dad's! I am an only child and really miss having parents!My Dad was so full of joy and was my rock! My Husband's Dad was such a sweet tender hearted man and his gentle loving spirit is so very missed.We are remembering Gene & Erv this Fathers Day!!!!
6/9/2010 7:40:21 PM
Lola Luthe United States
Lola Luthe
My daddy is with God now but he taught me to see the good in everyone and not to look for
peoples demons because if you look in the mirror you have your own secret  demons. There is good in everyone . My favorite thing he taughtht me is that no matter how .....tough things get... Nothing is impossible with God. My favorite saying of his " That's no hill for a stepper
6/9/2010 7:47:19 PM
Ruth Ann United States
Ruth Ann
When I was 23 years old I found out that my dad was not my biological father.  When I heard the story of how this came about, I realized what an incredible man he really was.  

My mother lost her mother at age 19.  She was not only distraught, but also lost.  She was going out and having a little too much fun.  Shortly after the death of her mother she met my dad.  A few months later she realized she was pregnant.  When my parents did the math they realized there was no way I could be my dads baby.  

My dad told her it didn't matter, that he loved her, wanted to marry her, and raise this child as his own.  He signed my birth certificate and has been there ever since!!!

It's truley amazing what he did. I am so grateful that God brought him into my mother and I's life! Not too many men today would do what he did.
6/9/2010 7:49:43 PM
Ruth Ann United States
Ruth Ann
OOOpppps. Forgot the most important lesson he has taught me!!!

The lesson is this:
Tough times test your true character.

6/9/2010 7:54:48 PM
Almitra United States
Almitra
My dad Alfonso taught me unconditional love and to accept people for who they are, and challenge them to be better. He's been gone now since 1983 but I know he would be proud of who I have become and he would love my kids. You never know how great of a parent you had until you are older. Love & Miss you dad.
6/9/2010 8:03:27 PM
Linda Locke United States
Linda Locke
I was raised in a Jewish home, but my Daddy taught me the love of a father, preparing me for when God called me into the family of Christ.  I remember once when I was about 7, I was having trouble sleeping, and an overwhelming fear of death plagued my mind.  I heard my Dad downstairs (he also often had trouble sleeping.)  When I told him that I was afraid of dying, he told me that I didn't need to worry because God gave him the job of taking care of me, and that he was not going to let anything happen to me.  His confidence and his utmost trust in God's protection was all that I needed to feel safe again.  I know that his love for me allowed me to open my heart to the love of the true Father.  My Dad has been gone now for almost 13 years, but I have many wonderful memories to sustain me.
6/9/2010 8:09:46 PM
Veronica United States
Veronica
As a child my Dad was just Dad. The diciplinarian... the one who supported the family... the one who mowed the lawn. But as an adult I look back and see so much more clear who he was and is. My Dad is one of the best examples of Christ that I have seen in my life. My Dad is a simple, but hardworking man. He is humble, rarely raising his voice. He is faithful, always serving the Lord. He has shown me through example, not to worry, God will always provide. He has more patience than any father I've ever known. He can calm a crying baby almost immediately. He is kindhearted and good. He would drop everything, just to come to my house to help with my girls or just to kill a spider Smile  I have grown to be most like my Father, and proud to be. I love my Dad, and can only pray that someday my children will have the same.
6/10/2010 2:49:38 AM
Julie United States
Julie
What I remember about my dad......My dad was always full of humor, sincerity, warmth, love,patience,kindness, and didn't know an enemy.  I always wonder what it would be like to know my dad, now, as an adult though.  He passed away to heaven when I was 12, due to a tragic accident.  It was a stormy night in February, 16 years ago, and we were hit with a snow storm and lost electricity.  My dad, who was an electrician, also was a salesman and sold Winpower generators.  He had one running that evening, in a garage/storage building, just  near our house, on our property.  He told my mom to wake him up when the power went back on in our house, so he could walk outside to the building to turn off the generator.  Well, I only remember waking up and hearing him head out to check on the generator.  After being lightly scolded by mom for getting out of bed, my dad turned and gave me one big hug before heading out the door.  His cheeks were ice cold from the weather and he jokingly pressed them against my warm, sleepy cheeks.  I told him goodnight and that was the last words I ever spoke to him.  Apparently, he had gone to bed shortly after that, and, hours later, my mother, as instructed, woke him to tell him that the power was back on. He sleepily trudged outside to turn off the generator.  Except, he never returned to us , at least not on this earth.  Somehow, he must have been disoriented from sleep when he went to turn off the generator, for he forgot to leave the door to the building open for ventilation, something he had done many times before, but somehow, this time, forgot to do. The Co2 fumes overtook him, and it was too late when my mom awoke and found him.  He is at peace in heaven now.  And I know I will hug him again one day.  But, I miss the emptiness of never knowing what it would have been like to know him as an older child, and adult.  But, I am thankful to God for the precious memories that I do have, and especially, for the one last hug.  Soemtimes if I close my eyes tight enough, I feel him squeezing me tight and it is then that I know, the feeling of God's arms surrounding me and holding me close.  Thank you God, for my funny, sincere, warm, kind, loving, and patient dad.  He was a friend to all, in his short 43 years on this earth.  I love you, dad.  
6/10/2010 3:21:59 AM
Margaret United States
Margaret
I have been listening to the contest and remembering my dad. I miss him every day. He passed away two years ago after a long battle with dementia. At his memorial service, I was thinking about what words would best describe my dad and came up with the following list:
1.  faithful:  he never even thought about leaving us or our mother when things were difficult. When my own husband left me and our five children eight years ago, my father was floored that a man could do this. It was just so out of his frame of reference.
2.  gentle: my father NEVER hit us in anger or abused us in any way. His own father had been very abusive with my dad and this resulted in him choosing to be very different.
3.  patient:  in spite of being highly educated and intelligent, my dad never grew frustrated or impatient with people, neither did he preach at them - choosing instead to assist and lead by example.
4.  talented: my dad was a marvelous musician and instilled his knowledge and skill in all of us. We are all worship leaders in our churches, have recorded our own music, and feel blessed to have the joy of making music!
5.  faith/reverence for God: my dad loved the Lord and did his best to honor God. Up until the day he died, my father loved to read/hear the scriptures and talk about Jesus. I KNOW with absolute certainty that my daddy is with Jesus, waiting for us to join him someday.
6/10/2010 3:34:58 AM
Denise Lee United States
Denise Lee
My dad is my grandfather, I was raised by loving, Christian grandparents and although my grandfather was raised when racism was prevalent he taught me to be color blind through his racism. He would never have thought of himself as being that way, but sadly he was. Strangely enough, that is where how I learned to be color blind and have taught my children the same thing. I have alway told my children that a colored person isn't different from us, they just have a better tan then we do and if you cut their hand and yours the blood would be the same color. This is true with the blood of Christ, its all red, but Christ's blood can make us all whiter then snow. My grandfather passed away in 2003 on his birthday at the age of 83, this was one year after I graduated college in 2002 and it has been and is still hard on me because he wasn't able to see my kids graduate or to see my grandchildren, but I know that he is looking down from heaven even as I type this and is proud of what I have become because of him. Thank you papa for teaching me that its ok to be color blind to this world.(by the way, I feel the same way about my grandmother and she is still alive and is I love her just as much as I did him)
6/10/2010 5:12:37 AM
Rose Jackson United States
Rose Jackson
My father was a man of great integrity and faith. Though he was a man of few words, he showed me his love in ways that are a treasure to me now. I posted one on my blog - too long to cut and paste here - but I hope others can read it and be assured that our Father in heaven knows them intimately and so loves to touch our hearts with his. I'm moved today by the sense that so many people, me included, truly need to feel God's love for them individually. I hope you get a glimpse of the godly man my Dad was, and I hope you have your own fun with God through this post! April 1, 2009, on my blog at rospiration.blogspot.com

rospiration.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html
6/10/2010 6:28:11 AM
Christine United States
Christine
I think the greatest thing my dad taught me is the love of God and that there is no problem too big or small that He doesn't care about. Even though I'm grown and have my own children I can always go to my dad with any issue I'm facing and the first thing he always does is pray.He is amazing and my greatest confidante.
6/11/2010 4:59:33 AM
Kim United States
Kim
My dad has been gone a little over a year now. When I think of him I think of his strength. He was the kindest, sweetest, most fair man that I have ever met. Everyone that knew my dad said the same thing about him. Everyone that knew him loved him. I was just honored that I got to call him dad. I think of him every day, but the love for the Lord is what I know he left with me. I know that he is in heaven and has no more tears and no more pain and I am so glad that he is free. I know that one day soon I will see him again. Happy Father's Day to my wonderful Dad!
6/11/2010 6:32:55 AM
Crystal Sherman United States
Crystal Sherman
I learned a lot from my dad in the last month-- probably a lot more than I ever learned from him my entire life. He went into the hospital in the beginning of May from an infection that turned into necrotizing fasciitis-- a rare and deadly type of infection also known as flesh eating bacteria. It turned into gangrene, and along with his obesity and diabetes created a lethal health condition.

He survived and came home little less than 2 weeks ago, after transferring to three different ICU units, two different hospitals, and being pushed through 10 surgeries.

What I learned through this is the value of family-- our relationships in our family were very strained, and still are. But my dad brought everyone back together, even those of us (like myself) who were over a thousand miles away. It taught me on a whole new level the power of prayer and was one of the first times I had ever completely set myself into God's hands and allowed him to be my full support, strength and comfort. My dad was a medical miracle.

It was through my dad's suffering that I felt the amazing power that is the love of generiosity of my heavenly father, and the grace and wonderment of his ability to heal and offer second chances. My dad does not have a relationship with God, but since this I have heard him change from saying his  healing was "luck" to a "miracle"-- something myself and my grandparents have been pushing for him. I think that a seed has been placed in his heart, and I hope he can move forward with his second chance to embrace the God that moved me through as a woman of courage in this difficult time.
6/11/2010 7:12:52 AM
Susan United States
Susan
My dad and I were never close. In my growing up years and early 20 and 30's I remember more arguements than hugs and "I love you's. He was more of a authoritative figure in my life. He had a strong work ethic and worked so very hard every day of his life to "make ends meet", which they rarely ever did. My dad passed away on Nov. 7th last year,one month after celebrating my mom and his 50th wedding anniversary. We buried him the day before he was to turn 76 years old. I was able to have the immense blessing of being with him in the hours before he died. I told him how sorry I was that he had to live with and be dying from a illness that was to take his life physically before he was mentally ready. He said " I don't have it so bad" He could hardly breath from congestive heart failure, but there was never a "poor me" or "why" ever muttered from his lips. Ever since his passing I have been journaling my childhood. Trying to remember, retrace my life. Write down all the memories that I haven't visited in years. As I have written each word my dad has spoken to me words of love, encouragement, kindness and a tenderness that I never heard from his lips. In remembering his life I have seen a strenght in my dad to live a good life, a simple life a one with regrets but not on the "big stuff". He never had a fancy house, his car was always in need of repair, but he never complained about not having any riches of this world. He took pleasure in a good home cooked meal, the dedication of his wife, an afternoon fishing with his grandchildren or a conversation on the phone with his daughter who lived hundreds of miles away. My dad in his death and in remembering his life and the life that he gave me, that I never saw clear until now, has taught me to enjoy the everyday, the simple things in life. Don't complain about about what you don't have, and to embrace what you have and be thankful.  
6/11/2010 1:50:24 PM
Vanessa Thompson United States
Vanessa Thompson
My Dad is one of the most awsome witnesses of Jesus I have ever seen.  He is a machanic and always has oppertunities to help people. I don't even know how much money and time and sometimes even parts to fix a car of someone that was just trying to get home and really could not afford a break down. Some might say, "Wow, how nice to be able to afford to help like that" believe me it is not out of abundance of money but out of the abundance of compassion and caring that my Dad has for people in need. My Dad does not believe that anything happens by chance.  And every time he helps someone he finds a way to tell them about Jesus and how he can help them in any situation of their life. And he does it in such a real way. He just always knows the right thing to say to touch that persons heart. It just always amazes me the ability he has to be so natural with his witness. And he is very quick to tell me and anyone else that "It is the Jesus in me, not anything of my own, I give God all the glory."
So I just wanted to honor my Dad by telling just a small piece of his story. Because as my Dad says "Its just another page turned or chapter of life." And because of my Dad I have been asking myself latly "What is my story? What do people read in me?" I only hope to one day be the kind of witness my Dad is.
Thank you so much for letting me share.
Vanessa  
6/11/2010 1:53:17 PM
Cindy Williams United States
Cindy Williams
Hey,

I don't need seven words just seven letters - Perfect.

Cindy
6/11/2010 1:53:32 PM
Brianna Countryman United States
Brianna Countryman
My Dad was a great Father!If he taught me nothing else in life,it was to love love love,and when you
feel like your'e runnin low on love,love some more.From the age of 9 to 13 my dad wrote me probably over a thousand letters!I always knew my daddy loved me<3.I miss him soo much!he died in 2005.In a car accident.But he was suffering so much from hepatitas C.So now he doesn't have to suffer anymore.I love you Daddy I miss you!Thankyou for all the love you gave.Happy fathers day,Daddy!Have fun with the angels,till i get thereSmile.
6/11/2010 1:56:17 PM
Kelly United States
Kelly
My dad story is not so much about my father, but more so about my grandfather. He passed away nearly three years ago. Growing up I've always had a father, however, he was not too much of a christian, or Godly man. And when I was in second grade he divorced my mom. I still get to see my dad fairly often even though he lives out of the state, and I'm constantly trying to be a witness to him and pray for his salvation. But it was just in the past three years that my heart has been pulled to being a stronger witness to my father. And the reason for that is because of my grandfathers passing. He was my Godly father I had here on earth. He showed me the perfect example of what I would love for my children to one day have. (When I get married and have children that is!) I don't think I ever realized how much a relied on my grandpa for my faith until he passed. It was a the most difficult time my family and I have experienced. But it was also an amazing moment of growth I had with my true father, God. He showed me that I need to make my faith my own. My grandpa had completed his job, he began me on the correct path. Since that moment I have sent my real dad a letter about how much I still love him through the pain he has brought my mother, and it's because of my grandpa's example, and father God that lead me to find that strength. My dad is still not a christian, and I still struggle being a witness. But I do express my love and Gods love in any opportunity I have. And maybe one day I will be able to make an impact on my father as my grandpa made an impact on me.
6/11/2010 2:48:27 PM
Cantu Kids United States
Cantu Kids
My dad taught us how to love the Lord!!! There'S 5 of us kids and we've been through alot but through it all my dad has taught us that threw every bad situation theres good because the Lord will see us through it or carry us trough it. Our dad has taught us to love the Lord with all your might and you won't have to fight. He also taught us we are called to be leaders we are to lead people to Christ. We are to be the Head and not the tail.   Happy Fathers Day Dad thanks for the Leader that you are!!!!!!
Oscar,Vance Jr.,Corray,Ezekiel and Diana
6/11/2010 2:49:47 PM
Robbi Teague United States
Robbi Teague
My dad did in 1990. He show me at a young age who God was and always insisted on family prayer before bed or before we went anywhere. I saw my dad go though many "corner" in life. The statement that was my favorite was this: Falling down is'nt failure.... staying down is.  My children and I know what a character he was , he never wore anything that matched and always had on multi-colored suspenders and a red baseball cap.  He always called at 5 pm once I was married just to check up on what was happening. We lost him on Christmas day in 1990. I still hope even how when that phone rings at 5. Happy Fathers day, Dad.
6/11/2010 2:58:41 PM
hml United States
hml
i love my dad even though we don't get along that much and we fight along since i turned 14 i got to love Jesus and stared to get along with my dad but only when were are talking about the bible and learning about god, also loyalty,faithfulness &to love the world In a day where men are walking away from their families of 2, 3, or 4 because they can't seem to make it work or fulfilling the lust of their flesh, my daddy remained loyal to his family. When times got beyond rough he trust God and found a way to make it work. He never stayed away from home or needed a break. He needed us and we needed him.
6/11/2010 3:09:12 PM
Valerie United States
Valerie
My father went home to be with the Lord when I was 20, I am now 53. I still remember the day when he told me he was ready to go "home".  We were at the hospital, he had terminal lung cancer, with 7 brain tumors as well. We were taking him home for one last time and that is what I thought he meant.  You see, I only remember my father going to church a few times, a wonderful Babtist Church.  I even went with him a few times as a small child, but that did not last long.  All my life though, dad would quote scripture to me, which was so wonderful.  I remember sitting on the front porch and drinking iced tea with my dad in the evenings and he would quote a verse and explain it.  It was the only bible I was really exposed to until I grew up and made a choice as an adult to give my life to Christ. I remember being on my knees and praying to the Jesus that my dad spoke of.  I know that it was our conversations that made me want to know more.  When my father passed, I received his family bible, which was dog earred from use.  I miss my dad, the thoughts of him make me smile.  He was just the dad every girl should have in their life.  
6/11/2010 4:01:28 PM
Tim Black United States
Tim Black
My father who died a couple of years ago,taught me the genuine love of the Father through the word of God. AT FIRST I resisted as all children do. Eventually after some "loving persuasion" I really became so interested in the word of God that it led me to become a Pastor. If it wasn't for my father and his love and guidence I would have never become a Pastor. GOD BLESS !!!!!!!! you guys and your ministry. Your the only radio station I listen to. And I recommend you to all of my church family. Blessings Pastor Tim Black Parsons West Virginia
6/11/2010 9:23:29 PM
Sarah United States
Sarah
My dad was my hero, best friend, and biggest fan. I am close to my heavenly Father because my dad painted such a wonderful picture of what a loving father was like. Daddy was a man of faith and a faithful man. He was faithful to his wife for 45 years and faithful to provide for 5 kids not just financially, but also emotionally and most important, spiritually. His faith in God never waivered despite financial crises and family crises. He always told us God would provide and he did. Daddy held high standards and lived up to them. He counselled in truth and love. He was a big teddy bear. His favorite Bible verse was 1 John 3 "for I have no greater joy but that my children walk in truth." Daddy passed away February 27, 2009 after fighting lung cancer for a year. He was a quiet man, yet the rock of our family. I miss him so much!!!!! I love you, Daddy!!! <3
6/11/2010 9:28:14 PM
D United States
D
My husband's dad died 2 years ago and unfortunately never gave my husband the affirmation that a boy/man needs from his father. In fact, he got the opposite (criticism)
It has left a great deal of pain that only God can heal.
I pray that every father that hears this will tell their sons and daughters that they love them and affirm them with acceptance.  No one can take the place of a father.
6/11/2010 9:37:33 PM
steven pierce United States
steven pierce
When I was 12 years old my Dad divorced my mom and left the state and the lives of his 4 children. For over 30 years we had no word from him. One day I went into work and was given a message to call me dad and I was given a phone number. Naturally I struggled with whether to call him. I spoke to my brother, who was 4 when Dad left, but my brother is full of resentment. I finally made one of the wisest decisions I have ever made and made the call. We spoke on the phone for about 4 months and then my Dad's current wife died and he moved back to his home 2000 miles away. I continued to speak to him for about a year before he passed away. Even though I never did see him I did learn that he was saved and I will see him soon.
I said all that to get this message out. I missed my Dad being in my life when I grew up. I miss the fact that he never saw his 6 granchildren or 6 great grand children. But I really miss that I did not get the chance to look him in the eye, give him a hug and tell him that despite the choices he made he was still my Father and I loved him. Is that not what God wants to do for each and every one of us? Wrap His arms around us and say deapite all our sinful choices He is still our Father and He still loves us. Happy Father's day Dad.
6/11/2010 10:39:42 PM
Kari United States
Kari
Hi all. My comment is actually about 2 people. First is my dad. He recently had surgery to remove a mass in his brain. they removed the mass with success but there was a small one behind the large one. He has been in a rehab hospital for a couple of months now and finally has started radiation. He has his days where he gets discouraged and wants to just give up. He wants to go home. He will be at the rehab hospital for at least another 5 weeks to finish the radiation. He is trying to be strong. This week he has started feeling the side effects from the radiation and its hard to watch and know he is going through this. I just keep praying and trusting God to give my dad the strength he needs to get through this. I just know that he will be our miracle once again. He also has gone through chemo for colon cancer. I love my dad so very much and just keep lifting him up to God for healing and strength. My mom is there with him constantly always trying to stay positive and keep him encouraged. God bless my parents! This year they will be married 50 years! They are both just awesome people and are so strong with everything that have gone through the past year especially. They are the best and love them so very much!
I also am having a hard time this father's day because me and my husband have separated 6 months ago and its been the hardest 6 months of my life! We haven't lived together in 3 months and we have 4 beautiful children that are taking this so very hard. Its tough because I am not used to doing this alone. I am used to doing things for him for holidays and especially father's day. I keep praying for healing of my family and restoration of my marriage. That God would work in my husband's life like He has worked in mine! I am struggling emotionally and financially and it seems to get worse every day since my husband has left. I miss him so very much and I am still in love with him! I just keep praying that God will do wonders in my life and more than anything in my husband's life. I just keep waiting because I know God is working and I just can't wait for the day that I can show and tell him how much I have missed him. Its so hard because I also know that God doesn't want marriages to fail and for families to fall apart but in my heart I have a peace knowing that God is working and He is going to take care of all of this and He will convict his heart and everything will be okay. Its really hard to wait and especially when things seem to get worse everyday. God "woke" me up and I know He is doing the same for my husband. My husband is a great provider and dad to the kids, wonderful husband whom I still love with all my heart and that love just grows everyday. Sometimes I really cant stand the feelings I have for him since I cannot tell him. He is funny and always finds a way to make me laugh even now. He is my best friend and at times that is what makes it harder cuz i feel like I am losing my best friend. Please pray for my dad, my husband, my family and my marriage to whoever reads this! Thank you
6/11/2010 10:45:28 PM
Kari United States
Kari
Oh and my dad has taught me strength and wisdom. My parents have always been there for me and still are. I have learned so much from both of them. From my husband I have learned to laugh more and from the day I met him he has made such a difference in my life, taught me how to love in the good times and bad and now even more with God in my life I love him even more and its a different kind of love that really wasnt there before. He has also taught me to not worry about things and eventually things will work out. Take things as they come and not get so mad so easily at small stuff. He is a great dad! Always there for the kids. Anyways he has taught me so much. I know soon things will be okay. Thanks for reading and praying! Smile
6/12/2010 1:11:29 AM
Tennille United States
Tennille
There are no words to convey all of the truths that my dad taught me. As of June 10, he has been deceased for 7 years after a long battle against brain cancer. Although I completely trust in God's plan for our lives, nothing takes away the constant reminder that he will not be there for the next family gathering, or to walk me down the aisle when I get married.  What a man of God he was! He knew how to do everything: including singing, playing the piano, building anything, drawing, gardening, cooking, decorating, and the list goes on. He even loved to shop for bargains! Most of all, he knew how to love and respect God & others, and he deeply loved his family. When given the opportunity to go out with guy friends, or even travel for work to earn more money, he politely declined so that he could spend more time with his family.  I am the youngest of 3 girls, and to say the least I was Daddy's little girl, and still am, even though now both of my Daddy's are in Heaven.  I have never met a man like my dad, and I am sure that I never will.  He was so loved and respected by his peers and the church that people actually walked off their jobs, with the risk of losing it, to be a part of his funeral service.  All that to say that my dad will sorely be missed, but one of the biggest lessons he taught me was that whatever we go through in this life, we can overcome it so that through our trials we can comfort others (2 Cor. 1:4).  He also used to always say that he would either be healed on earth or healed in Heaven.  In His case he was healed in Heaven, and I know that one day I will get to see him again as we stand together to worship Jesus Christ our Saviour. Thank God for that assurance. That was the most important thing my dad taught me when he lead me to accept Jesus at the age of 9.  To say the least my dad was an influential man, and I will love him always.  Happy Father's Day Daddy!  
6/12/2010 6:41:08 PM
Sheryl United States
Sheryl
My dad took me to church and he taught me patriotism.  Being in the Army and a veteran of at least 1 war, after retiring from the Army, he was also in the Army Reserve for more than 10 years.  We used to watch all kinds of patriotic films together like The Alamo and the Longest Day whenever it was on.  As an almost 40 something, I still enjoy telling people that my Daddy was an extra in The Longest Day (he died 2x) and met many of the actors like John Wayne.
6/12/2010 9:54:58 PM
Sandi Kesler United States
Sandi Kesler
To list only one thing, as the greatest thing, that my Dad taught me would never allow you to see the whole man.   A deep love of God, a constant never wavering prayer life made my dad someone that I more than looked up to. Involved in his church and always wanting to show Jesus to a dying world... and then the cancer came.  A fighter arose... for more than five years and never once complained about the pain, but by the grimace on his face you knew it was there, he showed us not just about living for Christ, but also how to die for Christ.  I pray that everyone could be half as blessed as I have been.**  A favorite memory was this construction worker dad coming home and with hands sooooooo rough, taking a brush each night and brushing my hair.   Thank you for allowing me to share..... Thank you Scott for sharing your heart as I too, miss my dad so terribly bad this year... and there is no card to send that could ever put into words what I feel and you put it together quite well on the air.  Thank you again for sharing from your heart...
I am,
  Marvin's daughter
6/13/2010 3:33:00 AM
vikas India
vikas
Hi Kelly/Scott
I hv just arrived in Chicago and am listening to your program and went into my memories of my dad who passed away in 1999 .
I was very close to him. He was the kindest soul that lived and my best friend and guide.He taught me the worth of values in life and I am what I am today only bcoz of him
I really really miss him even after these 10 very painful years -infact whenever I really need him, It still seems he is around..for me.Miss you dad !! -vikaas  
6/13/2010 3:40:41 AM
Joe United States
Joe
My father passed away 10 years ago and it never is easy around this time of year.  I see him often though in my 3 year old daughter's eyes and I wish he was here to see my family today.  I talk and pray with him often, but its still a great loss.
I am thanksful that my Heavenly Father sent an earthly father that raised me with the good morals and beliefs that I am passing on to my family today.  Dad, I miss you and love you.  I am anxiously awaiting the day we hug again and dance with the Lord.  You were truly the best dad.
6/13/2010 3:49:30 AM
Janice United States
Janice
This will be my first Father's Day without my Dad. He passed away Sept 2009. Since I live just across the field from my parents home, I can see the porch swing that he spent so much time relaxing on the last weeks of his life. He farmed most of his life, so I grew up surrounded by the orchards he faithfully tended. Our life was like he was simple, solid, good. My Dad loved having family around him. The last weeks were difficult for him, and he was frequently too weak to participate much. But every so often we would all stop, cause Dad would share a thought or memory. He never complained. Ever. Took his illness in stride. He went to church faithfully until the cancer took most of his strength. As a single parent, and the only daughter, I always knew my Dad had my back. Always asked how my day was, what were the kids doing today. At his deathbed, the Spirit of God was sweet....simple, solid and good. Just like my Dad.
6/13/2010 3:55:33 AM
Kennedy United States
Kennedy
My dad is awesome! He gives me everything I need.  He teaches me how to fish,ride a quad and run fast.  I always like to go to camp and go on a roller coaster with him.  He is a building inspecter.  I really love my dad!
6/13/2010 4:06:03 AM
Ryan United States
Ryan
I am only 18 years old and just graduated high school, my father past away my sophomore year. My dad was given six months to live by doctors when I was in second grade. I didn't know God when I was that young but I prayed and prayed anyway. God blessed my father with eight more years of life and in those extra eight years he tought my twin brother Zach and I how to be fathers ourselves. We our now the men of the house and we are father figures to my to younger sisters.
6/13/2010 4:06:11 AM
Kennedy United States
Kennedy
My dad is awesome! He gives me what I need.  He shows me how to fish, hike, run, and ride a quad.  He is a building inspector.  I like to go to camp or ride a roller coaster with him.  I really love my dad!
6/13/2010 4:40:04 AM
Carmen Hinckley United States
Carmen Hinckley
My biological father has been there for me through just about everything. He came home(to Indiana) from his vacation(from Las Vegas) the day he was called and given the news about how I'd had a tragic, life-threatening, car accdent that morning. He has helped me through some tough struggles. the 7 words I'd use to describe him are:
*Witness
*Guide
*Bible point
*Messenger
*Provider
*Hand of God
*Multi-tasker
6/13/2010 4:44:14 AM
kristie United States
kristie
my name is kristie,my dad pass away 14 yrs ago and it seen like yeastuday in my heart.he was aways home for dinner everynight. he love us very much. i was the only girl so i was speacial to him. he would take me and my brother fishing somrtimes,i just really miss him. father is had on me, but he in heaven waiting on us to be together as a family again.
6/13/2010 5:23:48 AM
aly United States
aly
This is going to be my first fathers day with out my Dad... It's gonna be way tough... I don't go one day with out thinking about him. He was the one who changed my life. He brought our families smiles when we were sad. He's gotten us through the hard times. His death was unexspected, at young age. Now he is with God having the time of his lifeSmile Klove reminds me of him so much because when ever we sat down during the hard times he would turn klove up just to make us happy and so it would remind us that God is with us even through the hard times. Thanks for helping me through my dads death klove! Miss ya dad! Save a Place For Me!
6/13/2010 5:27:05 AM
Beverly United States
Beverly
My Dad was a simple, no nonsense kind of guy. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke everyone listened. He lived a simple life and through his example I learned to enjoy and appreciate life and those simple, everyday things that we can so easily take for granted.
6/13/2010 6:13:30 AM
Rhonda United States
Rhonda
i have not read any of the comments that have been posted. My precious dad went to be with the Lord on March 29, 2008. So it has been difficult the last few Father's Days. But I know for certain that mt dad is in heaven, out of his pain and joyfully with God. He smiles down with the angels as each new person receives salvation and begins their spiritual walk with the Lord. It was always his desire for  my salvation. However, he did not live long enough to see the glory in my eyes as I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and then committed to full immersion water baptism. In my heart I know my dad thanks Jesus that I will now be living eternally with God in the New Jerusalem. I pray that I live long enough to see my own children receive the Lord. My dad was a very patient and extremely generous father. He prayed daily and saw many answers to his prayers over the years. His only great grandson was born on his birthday- a birth my dad thought he would not live to see. We all realized the miracle God gave us as my dad's legacy in my grandson and his great grandson. I thank God daily that He gave me such a wonderful, kind, and loving father!
6/13/2010 6:31:37 AM
Jean Canada
Jean
Fathers' Day is a difficult time for my family and I.  Twenty years ago when I was six years old I lost my Dad to a sudden asthma attack.  My mom was widowed with five children under the age of 10.  My mom met a great guy about four years later - he was teaching hockey classes at the rink my brothers and I played hockey at.  He was kind, patient, and not scared of the clan of kids that came along with loving my mom.  Soon after meeting, my mom and my new "dad to be" got married.  We used to live in Pittsburgh, PA, but my step-dad was from a small town in Ontario right across the border from Watertown so we moved when I was 12 years old to be closer to his family.  Soon after moving to our new home our family started to expand.  I soon had two new sisters in my life.  My sisters are 11 and 13 now.  Sadly just six days ago my step-father passed away from a very brief fight against Cancer.  Tomorrow will be a sad, but happy day for my family and I.  Sad, because we no longer have our dads with us.  Happy, because we were blessed with two amazing dads.  Tomorrow we will be remembering the amazing times with our dad(s) and celebrating their lives and what they taught us.  My 11 year old sister and I were discussing all the things that our dad that passed away six days ago taught us and here is the start of the list:

1) Sing loud and proud - he had an AMAZING voice to praise God with.  He sang in our church choir, was the lead singer of a local band, acted and sang in many plays, and sang solo for weddings and funerals.  He always encouraged us to sing as well and led well by example.

2) Sportsmanship - both my Dads taught me about sportsmanship on and off the ice.  They were amazing examples of fair play and good will.

3) Humble heart - my Dad was an amazing example of a humble heart.  He was so talented, but you would never hear that from him.  He would graciously perform small parts or big and loved to contribute anyway that he could.

There are many many more, but those are just some of the first things that come to mind.
6/13/2010 1:57:50 PM
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.  I'm glad Dad set an example of a sacrificial 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.
6/13/2010 3:08:26 PM
Umo Duke United States
Umo Duke
AS a child I grew up with my grand dad and in all I've been through he's always been my hero. He took time to teach me what I needed to know with love and concern. Most times I was rebellious but he never gave up on me. He kept correcting with a loving attitude and always took time to explain why I should do certain things and not others. He always stressed the importance of fearing God, having courage and being self discipline. He's been a great well of wisdom, encouagement and motivation to draw from. He just celebrated his 90th birthday and I thank God for keeping him for yet another fathers day.
6/13/2010 3:40:16 PM
Kyra Lewis-Pervere United States
Kyra Lewis-Pervere
My father taught me soooooo much! I always went to him for advice! One of the most important things though, was:

"Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best."

This sort of became his motto as he was fighting cancer for the second time. He was always optimistic, always laughing, always joking, and always smiling. He would sit down with my mom, brother, sister, and I, and would prepare us for the worst. I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for him to try to prepare us to live without him. He even went as far as making file folders for documents we would need if he passed away. But at the end of all of our conversations, (or before his surgeries, chemo, etc.), he would say, "Remember, we're hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst! It's in GOD's hands, so trust in HIM." I will always remember this as well as his courage optimism, and faith and trust in the LORD. He passed away on January 14, 2010. I miss him so very much. This will be my first father's day without him. Please pray for my family and I =)
6/14/2010 6:49:36 AM
Jessica United States
Jessica
I've been listening to you guys on KLOVE and I wanted to share my story.

In memory of Troy McConnell Sr. Caro, Michigan

The end of October 2003 my family's had a gas leak and an explosion - it burned to the ground and we lost everything. My dad and my siblings (2 sisters, 1 brother) and I were in the house when it happened. We were okay but my dad was horribly injured, 90% of his body was covered in 3rd degree burns - he was airlifted to the best hospital for burns and put into an induced coma.

A month later they took him out of the coma, and a week later they let him come home with us to where we were living. But it was far too soon. One week later, my dad wouldn't wake up in the morning and he was taken back to the hospital, tests were run - he went into a real coma, he had something called endocarditis, bacteria got in through his burns, clogged around his heart causing two heart attacks and a massive stroke. After a week in the coma they declared him brain dead and we took him off life support, he was 37.

I was 14 when I lost my dad from this tragic event and I went down a hard road without him there but I look back on the event with fond memories of him now and I love him for all that he was and did for us. The night of the explosion, he crawled out from underneath the rubble and yelled, "Are my kids okay?!" He couldn't have lived if one of us had died, he was brave, and he loved us so much.

And the night before he wouldn't wake up he told me that he loved me more than I would ever know. That is what a true father's love is - that's what God's love is for us. God sent his only son to die so that we could be saved because he loves us more than we could ever know.

Happy Father's Day Dad!

-Jessica
6/14/2010 1:11:58 PM
Shannon Kelly United States
Shannon Kelly
My Dad, always was and always will be my best friend and my rock. Last October he fell ill to a very rare and very serious auto-immune disease. For the next five and a half months he was in and out of the hospital and dialysis. The battle that he fought to live through this disease was hard and short. He suffered more than anyone that I ever witnessed, but managed to do it with strength and a smile. April 7th of this year he passed away, leaving my mother, my two sisters and I. Fortunately, he had raised three strong daughters, who were able to accept the beauty of his life and learn from it. He has inspired us to be the best we can be, and never settle for anything less than that. He taught us humility, strength, passion and zeal for life. He is my role model, my best friend and now my guardian angel. This Father's Day will be most difficult without him, but I have come to realize that he is now with God, in a place where he no longer has to suffer pain that he never deserved to feel. My baby sister, a sophomore in highschool, my older sister, a senior in college, and myself, a freshman in college, have learned the most beautiful lesson, although the learning was most difficult. Every day with our Dad was a gift, and although he was taken from us prematurely, we have come to understand that God blessed us with the chance to call that amazing man our father. So, papa, we love you and miss you. You'll always be our Superman, you'll always be our hero!
6/15/2010 1:18:54 AM
Dot Emery United States
Dot Emery
You wanted 7 words to describe my dad...but i am always driving when i hear to call in...but my seven words are just too amazing to NOT be heard...

Jerry, Mary, Nita, Dot, Linda, Rhonda, Danny...

These are the names of me and my brothers and sisters...my step dad...Nick...married my mom with all 7 of us...another 7 words...

Raised seven kids not biologically his own...

We were very poor and had a very abusive alcoholic father...my mom left my dad and married my REAL DAD...

Talk about a hero complex...7 kids...in the 60's...WOW...

The most important thing i learned from my dad is HONOR...

He is in the hospital right now waiting on 2 heart surgeries...hes the biggest hero i know...so if anyone call pull thru its my dad...

So pray your heads off...especially monday and tuesday for bypass...again..


Thanks so much for all the love...

Dot Emery
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