Friday, July 01, 2005

Phil Callaway's Father

My friend, author and Christian humorist, Phil Callaway, wrote today concerning the homecall of his father. My heart resonates with those who lose their dad. When a father is called "home" there's a terrible emptiness that follows. It's thirteen years since my dad went to be with Jesus and I miss him so much! Let's keep Phil and his family in our prayers during this time of grief and loss.

Another Soldier Called to His Reward...

Phil writes:

Warm greetings from sunny Three Hills. This morning at 7:45 my dear father, World War II veteran, husband and grandpa, fought his final battle and is now with Jesus. We are rejoicing and shedding many many tears. Dad had suffered the last few years with Alzheimer's and though we hate to see him go, we rejoice that he is whole in the presence of Christ. Dad leaves behind 5 adoring children, more grandchildren than I can count, and many friends who thank God for his faithful example. A few short hours before his passing, I read to him from Revelation 21 where we are offered the tiniest glimpse of what is beyond this veil. He smiled and fell asleep as I read of the One who promises to wipe every tear from our eyes, of that glorious place where there will be "no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away..." How my sister Ruth and my brothers and I thank God for Dad's godly life. Pray for Mom when you think to, she's so sweet. When they came about 2 pm to take his body away, she finally spoke. She had just told us that she would like one more stroll in the grass with Dad, then she said, "Thanks for all the years (63 of them!), Sweetheart." I echo that.

Today, through the tears, I've been wondering what will be said of me when I breathe my last breath. How about you? Let's live each day for Christ and His kingdom. Investing in others. Living so the preacher won't have to lie at our funeral!

God bless and keep you.

Phil (Callaway)

Phil Callaway, A Good Man

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this...Phil C. is one of my favorite authors & speakers.
    How can anyone read of 63 years of faithful partnership (Phil's Dad & Mom) and all the fruit that has resulted, without tearing up! The angels are rejoicing.