Friday, September 26, 2008

Fingerprint Friday - Remembering my Daddy

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it's true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God

Where do you see God's fingerprints? In nature? kids? animals? They are all around us!

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Sunday was my daddy's birthday. He's been gone since 1995 (he died at age 79) and I sure do miss him.

I was feeling really blue on Sunday, wishing I could spend some time with him. I wished I could say "Happy Birthday, Daddy!" and see his smile ... hear his little chuckle when he was tickled about something, usually a dog or cat or baby ... and be reassured that he knows how much I love him.

I went to church and in the middle of the sermon, the priest told a story to illustrate one of the day's readings. The story went like this: it was a man's birthday, and he bought his little girl a wonderful present, had it wrapped beautifully with a huge bow, and presented it to his daughter. She opened it, expressed her delight, and then asked, puzzled, "But Daddy, why did you buy me a present? It's YOUR birthday." Her daddy answered, "Because nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing YOU happy."

That made me cry and cry. It seemed to be a message from my daddy, to live my life joyfully to the fullest because that's what makes him happiest, watching over me from Heaven.

Here is a photo of my mom, me at age 5 and my daddy on a trip to Florida. It's the only family trip we ever took (he was always so busy working), and the only picture I have of the three of us when I was a child. See what I think of my Daddy in this picture? I still feel the same.


Carol said...

This is such a beautiful tribute to your dad!! I bet he's smiling down from heaven as he reads this post! And I bet he never realized 'way back then' how truly special that gift to you would be!! Truly Fingerprints from God!

Rosebud Collection said...

What a lovely photo..I think it is beautiful.

Rebekah said...

Super sweet photo - what a treasure. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.

Malicious Intent said...

I love that photo and how you are adoringly looking at him as if he was a superhero, and to you, he most likely was.

My birthday was on Saturday, so I guess we are both fellow Libras.
That makes your Dad super cool! :)

YaYa's Funhouse said...

This story has touched my heart. I lost my dad 20 years ago and also have special memories. There are days it seems like yesterday and other times it feels like a lifetime ago. Certain smells or situations can trigger a flood of memories. I cherish my memories and hold on to them. Thanks for sharing.