As I considered a name for this blog the thought hit me to call it
BLESSING 4 FATHERS.. as it has four meanings...

God Himself is our FORE-FATHER..
All things that were made were made by Him.
In His hands are even the four corners of the earth, so I believe our first blessing needs to
go to the one who went before us and created us for His pleasure.

I want this to be a place where fathers with children can find solace
and perhaps some answers and prayer for difficult questions.

I also believe this will be a place where fathers in the faith who are
discipling other men can share their thoughts and wisdom

This is also a place where we can share about our forefathers.. those who went
before us and paid the price.. and for all men who desire to be overcomers.


A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval .... Mark Twain


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A GOODBYE LETTER TO MY FATHER

My Father, the late Robert Geertz

Joe Geertz in Iowa

This is the last letter ever written to my father. At the time of this writing, he was living in Muscatine, Iowa in a nursing home under the loving caretaking of my sister Carolyn and brother in law John, whom he had lived with for years. My brother Charles and his wife, Carolyn also visited frequently, along with my brother Al, and his wife Marge, and sister Vi who came to see Dad when she was in the area from California with her husband Chuck.

My brother in law John and sister Carolyn
My sister Carolyn

My brother Charles and sister in law Carolyn and "Jackie"

My brother Charles with "Jackie" and me

My sister Vi and brother Al

My brother in law Chuck and sister Vi
Al's wife, Marge with Jackie and Chanel!

Me at my sister's house in Muscatine, Iowa with Armani

I was told at the time of the writing of this letter, that he did not have long to live. My present circumstances prevented me from seeing him in person, and I had just been there to see him from our home in Florida recently.

My father passed away about a year and one half ago. He not only knew the Lord, but displayed the attributes and character of Christ to me. He is loved and missed by his family. I look forward to seeing him again some day soon. 6/20/11



Dad,
You are so loved!

You have been in this place many times and many times you have surprised us all and pulled through clinging on to life. We also have many people praying for you at this time.

All of our hearts are for you during this time, you are loved and appreciated much.

Our prayer for you is that you might experience the peace that passes all understanding at this time. You are a living spiritual being and life is a journey that leads us from birth to the heavenly gates of God’s glory. It is okay to let go of this life, life beyond is a blessing and we will one day meet again on the heavenly shores.

Although this may be difficult in the natural it is sometimes easier. It is not giving up it is what we have been born for and prepared for all of our lives. This is very difficult for me not knowing how long you have left on this earth, but the one thing I know is that God is with you and that gives me a peace.

The opportunity to share life with you has been a pleasure and I am glad you were my earthly father. Your life was poured out as a blessing to me as I grew up you were more special than words could ever express.

There comes a time in life when those that have been created are able to enter an experience in life to be at home with the Creator. This is the most awesome celebration of life for it is uninmaginable to the natural mind. Streets of gold, a mansion prepared for you, no more pain and suffering, no more tears, joy unspeakable and full of glory, the experience of heaven is nothing short of glory unveiled only to the select few that have passed on from this life to the next. There will be no more need for miracles for you enter into the presence of the Lord and that is beyond explanation. The reason there is no need for a miracle there is because it is a different realm where everything is in a creative realm exsisting with the one who loves us most.

Memories of you will live on to many generations; your songs, your poetry, your well lived life, your love, the interesting things you did and accomplished. The children you had influence upon and their children and their children’s children.

Sharing with you words of comfort:

'Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the present'
'What the caterpillar perceives is the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning'

This is a picture I took at The Butterfly Farm in Florida

A simple prayer for you!

Heavenly Father

You have given us so much. Thank you for the gift of life, for all the treasures we received, through the wealth of those who have loved us and those who we have loved.

This body of my earthly father is frail and damaged and now we ask You to grant us peace, as we begin our next journey, to a new life, free of pain and suffering. Ease the sorrow of those we leave behind, knowing that we will always live on in their heart.

Take my hand and lead me now, until that time when we shall meet again, on that day where there is no sunset and no dawn. Amen

I wish there was a way that I could see you but financially we are having a very difficult time. It seems like we just have one calamity after another. We are active selling jewelry and other items but the buyers are far and few between and they are not spending the money like they were a year ago.

I would love to give you another hug and let you know you are so loved with the expression of touch and the ability to communicate face to face.

Your loving son,

Joe


©Expresso Joe
blessandbeblest@yahoo.com

No comments:

Post a Comment