What I’ve Learned This Year Since My Dad’s Death

Posted: December 14, 2022 in Uncategorized
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Today is my dad’s birthday. It feels like the final milestone. He did not die until the 22nd, so I haven’t experienced the official one-year milestone yet, but his birthday was the last time I talked to him on the phone (other than texting and then FaceTime while he was on a ventilator). I didn’t call again because I was trying to let him rest and focus on breathing. It took so much effort for him to talk for just a minute or two. We still had some hope on his birthday, because the hospital staff said he was doing a little bit better.

The past year has gone more quickly than I thought it would. At the one-month mark I couldn’t fathom how it would feel not to have talked to my dad for a whole year, and yet here I am. Here are some things I have learned/been reminded of this past year:

  1. Our time on earth is short. Sometimes it might feel like it will be a long time until we get to see our loved ones in heaven, but time on earth is such a small blip compared to eternity. My dad’s death has also reinforced how much I want ALL PEOPLE to choose relationships with God so that I can see them in heaven someday. I so appreciate that my dad had a relationship with Christ and that I will see him again.
  2. Since our time on earth is so short (it’s short even if we live to be 100+ years old), we need to be conscious of distractions. We need to focus on God and what He wants us to do while we’re here.
  3. Spend time getting to know God better every day, even if it’s only for five or ten minutes.
  4. Chip away at goals consistently so you don’t get to the end of a year feeling like once again you didn’t accomplish anything because, as stated earlier, our time on earth is SO SHORT.

I’m not sure if I will post again before Christmas, so if I don’t, Merry Christmas! I know this time of year is difficult for many people. You are in my prayers.

  1. Ruth Stauffer says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Angela. They ae so true. We appreciated and respected your dad so much. He lived his life to the fullest and gave of his time, talents, and resources generously! He left a wonderful legacy and touched many, many lives. Anyone who knew him at all knew that he loved the Lord. May the presence of the Lord and His word bring comfort and hope especially during this holiday season!

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