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Let me tell you what my father got my mother for Christmas.
Vanity | December 23, 2013 | boycott

Posted on 12/23/2013 8:14:10 PM PST by boycott

First of all, my father won't be here to give it to her this year. He passed away a few weeks ago.

My father had cancer. He wasn't able to walk the last few months of his life so he was pretty much forced to stay in bed.

He had picked out some jewelry he wanted to give my mother for Christmas and asked my sister to get it for him. Way too much was going on for all of us because of my father's condition but he was persistent and continued to ask her to go get the gift.

Anyway, before he passed away, she went and picked it up for him. She took it to him to see if it was what he wanted. He was barely able to see it because he was almost blind from all the chemo. He held it close to his eyes and felt it in his hands. He kissed it and tears rolled down his cheeks. He then said, "This is for my babydoll."

I haven't seen the gift yet but my mother will be getting it for Christmas. They've been together for 57 years. My father always thought of her and others before himself.

Christmas will certainly be difficult for us this year but we're still going to celebrate it. My father wouldn't have it any other way. We're going to celebrate it because we know it's a celebration of the One that came for people like my father and all the rest of us.


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My father knew what was most important. We should all try to remember that too this time of year.

Thanks for letting me share that story about my father. We all know that he's in a better place but he will be missed.

Merry Christmas!

1 posted on 12/23/2013 8:14:10 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott

Thank you for a very nice story. May God bless you and your family richly.


2 posted on 12/23/2013 8:21:02 PM PST by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: boycott

the screen just got foggy for some reason- thanks for sharing- God bless you(I Corinthians 15: 55-


3 posted on 12/23/2013 8:23:12 PM PST by pastorbillrandles (The choice isn't heaven or Hell. its heaven or the world)
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To: bkopto

Thank you and may God bless you and your family too.


4 posted on 12/23/2013 8:23:30 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott
He held it close to his eyes and felt it in his hands. He kissed it and tears rolled down his cheeks. He then said, "This is for my babydoll."

Now you've done it...that took my breath away and made me cry. God bless you and your family and I hope y'all have the best Christmas possible.

5 posted on 12/23/2013 8:24:11 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: boycott

What an amazing man. Thank you for sharing.
My father is no longer here. He took his own life so i go everyday wondering will if i will ever see him again.
Sounds to me like your dad may have taken a no stop elevator to heaven. I pray your grief is tempered by knowing he is no longer in pain but celebrating the birth of our Lord in peace.


6 posted on 12/23/2013 8:28:40 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: pastorbillrandles

Thank you so much.

I’ve enjoyed reading “Pastor Bill Randles Blog” over the last month or so.

God bless you too.


7 posted on 12/23/2013 8:28:50 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott

What a beautiful story that brought tears to my eyes. God bless you and your family and I hope you will have a Merry Christmas.


8 posted on 12/23/2013 8:29:52 PM PST by silly.kerry.trix.are.for.kids
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To: Irenic

I tear up every time I think about it.

God bless you and your family and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.


9 posted on 12/23/2013 8:30:24 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott

You just made my day! Merry Christmas


10 posted on 12/23/2013 8:30:29 PM PST by pastorbillrandles (The choice isn't heaven or Hell. its heaven or the world)
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To: boycott

Merry Christmas to your family as well. This will be my first Christmas without my dad too. We lost him in August. Not feeling so merry.


11 posted on 12/23/2013 8:31:43 PM PST by knak (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing)
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To: pastorbillrandles

You just made my day! Merry Christmas


I saw your username and recognized it immediately.

Keep up the good work and Merry Christmas to you.


12 posted on 12/23/2013 8:33:01 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott

God Bless you and your family, and may the Lord comfort you in your loss. I know that although your father will not be there in body, he will be sharing Christmas with you all in spirit. Have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy & Healthy New Year!!


13 posted on 12/23/2013 8:33:34 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Donnafrflorida

I used to think suicide was an unforgiveable sin; not anymore. God will judge what we have had to go through, including any chemical imbalance that may have affected our wellbeing in our flesh bodies.

He is our Judge; you may yet see your father again in joy.

Have a blessed Christmas (I lost my father at the end of October of this year—cancer. A melancholy time, yet, a joyous one in that I know he is where we all want to be, eventually.)


14 posted on 12/23/2013 8:41:58 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Donnafrflorida

He took his own life so i go everyday wondering will if i will ever see him again.


There is so much I don’t understand. I believe that most people that take their own life is due to some form of depression. Depression is a mental illness. I believe that the Lord loves those with mental illness too. I hope you find peace and happiness this Christmas. God bless you and your family.


15 posted on 12/23/2013 8:44:30 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott

Quit making me cry.

What a touching story. This is what love looks like.


16 posted on 12/23/2013 8:44:36 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: silly.kerry.trix.are.for.kids

Thank you. God bless you and your family and I hope that you have a Merry Christmas.


17 posted on 12/23/2013 8:46:16 PM PST by boycott
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To: Mortrey

Thank you. i so so much want to believe that he might be forgiven. Merry CHRISTmas to you.


18 posted on 12/23/2013 8:47:09 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: boycott

Very touching story, may your father RIP.

We lost our 18 year old son a month before Christmas in ‘84. Christmas was difficult but we made it through, I am confident that you and your family will make it through too. God Bless you all.


19 posted on 12/23/2013 8:47:18 PM PST by Ditter
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To: mass55th

Thank you. God Bless you and your family and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.


20 posted on 12/23/2013 8:49:09 PM PST by boycott
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To: Lazamataz
Quit making me cry.

Me too. We are on the Preppers Ping. We're so screwed.

21 posted on 12/23/2013 8:52:23 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: boycott

What a wonderful story. May God give all your family the best Christmas you have ever had. I know your mother will treasure your father’s gift of jewelry but most of all treasure the love it represents. Merry Christmas


22 posted on 12/23/2013 8:53:25 PM PST by longhorn too
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To: boycott

Thank you.


23 posted on 12/23/2013 8:55:05 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: boycott

Thank you for sharing. That is so beautiful. Please let us know of her reaction when she opens this very precious gift. Bless you and your family!


24 posted on 12/23/2013 8:56:44 PM PST by stilloftyhenight (call it ODemocratcare)
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To: Donnafrflorida

If a Christian dies with unrepentant sin, does that mean they will not be forgiven of their sins if they die? I certainly don’t think so. The Lord knows our hearts.


25 posted on 12/23/2013 8:57:49 PM PST by boycott
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To: Ditter

Thank you. God bless you and your family and Merry Christmas.


26 posted on 12/23/2013 8:59:58 PM PST by boycott
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To: Donnafrflorida

My dear friend,

Taking one’s life is NOT the unforgivable sin. According to God’s Holy Word, that unforgivable sin and that unforgivable sin alone is blasphemy against (the denial of) the Holy Spirit. Many people are affected by sickness that plays games with the mind. Just like all other forgivable sins, the “sin” of your father can be traced back to the garden and the author of sin, satan himself. Take heart, if both you and your father have made a heartfelt profession of faith in God’s gift to the world, His Son Jesus and what He did for you on the cross at Calvery, you WILL see him again. Have blessed Christmas!!


27 posted on 12/23/2013 9:00:25 PM PST by Conservinator (It's okay to be close-minded IF you are right!)
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To: boycott

I want to thank you for reminding me to think of my father this Christmas. it been 24 years and for some reason he is not thought of often during the holiday season.


28 posted on 12/23/2013 9:01:28 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: boycott

The thoughtfulness of your Dad is, to me, the spirit of what Christmas should be to families.


29 posted on 12/23/2013 9:04:52 PM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: boycott

So sorry for the loss of your Dad but you are very blessed to have had such a loving father. May you and your family treasure the memories of him during this blessed season.


30 posted on 12/23/2013 9:06:04 PM PST by Scarlet7
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To: Conservinator

Oh Lord. spent most of these evening with tears that dont seem to want to stop. been a long time since i cried. thank you friends for the warm and heartfelt comments.
i sit here waiting for my newly enlisted army son. he is on a plane back home. just called me from phoenix stop over. he will be home by 6am.
God bless all.


31 posted on 12/23/2013 9:06:40 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Scarlet7

Thank you. I have been very blessed to have such wonderful parents. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


32 posted on 12/23/2013 9:11:43 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott
God bless you and your family, and rest assured that dad is not missing Christmas with you all. He is watching with a smile and full of pride in the terrific family he shared his life on earth with.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

33 posted on 12/23/2013 9:14:54 PM PST by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: boycott

Once a person truly professes faith in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross, sin does one thing. It breaks fellowship with God. It does not cost us our salvation. However, I question the concept of unrepentant sin in a true believer. Once you have made that proession of faith and earnestly mean it, there should be no sin that would be “unrepentant”. The Holy Spirit that lives in you is quick to convict you and if you truly believe in the grace God has shown you through His Son, you WILL repent in light of that grace. If you are unrepentant in light of that grace, might I suggest you really examine your profession of faith to make sure you really meant it when you made it. The good news is this . . . you still have time to make your salvation sure if you come to the conclusion that your previous profession of faith was not made in earnest. May God bless you with surety of mind and heart this Christmas.


34 posted on 12/23/2013 9:16:10 PM PST by Conservinator (It's okay to be close-minded IF you are right!)
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To: Robert DeLong

Thank you and God bless you and your family. Merry Christmas!


35 posted on 12/23/2013 9:17:12 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott

God bless you and the family.


36 posted on 12/23/2013 9:29:00 PM PST by jbwbubba
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To: Conservinator

Thank you for the post. I believe I may have worded my post wrong. I can promise it’s not the first time.

If a Christian has sinned and hasn’t yet asked forgiveness before they die, I believe they can be forgiven. Unrepentant was a poor choice of words on my part. Again, thank you.

I’ll add that there is still so much that I need to learn.


37 posted on 12/23/2013 9:29:57 PM PST by boycott
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To: jbwbubba

Thank you. May God bless you and your family too.


38 posted on 12/23/2013 9:30:49 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott

Teary eyes before I go to bed. Thanks for sharing. PLEASE let us know how she reacts. God bless you all.


39 posted on 12/23/2013 9:36:16 PM PST by peggybac (My boss I respect, my father I revered. Chris Rock, Mr. Obama is NOT my boss or my father.)
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To: peggybac

Thank you. God bless you and your family.


40 posted on 12/23/2013 9:42:16 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott

Wow, my screen just got blurry - thank you for sharing this account of a loving father and husband. I was blessed with wonderful parents too - lost Dad just after Christmas, in January 2008, and spent Christmas 2007 and the New Year with him in the intensive care unit. The love of his life, our Mom, had gone before him just 15 months earlier.

Your decision to celebrate Christmas is understood - as you said, it is about the One who came, God with us, to give us real hope and joy. I Thessalonians 4:13 - we grieve, but not in the same way as those who have no hope.

You will be in my prayers. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


41 posted on 12/23/2013 9:44:13 PM PST by free-in-nyc (Freeping from the heart of the occupation)
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To: free-in-nyc

Thank you. God bless and Merry Christmas to you and your family.


42 posted on 12/23/2013 9:46:27 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott

I am sorry for the loss of your dear father. Men who show so much care, love and respect for their wives are getting fewer and fewer in these times. You can take comfort in knowing that he has arrived in Heaven and is in full joy and peace.

I’ve lost my Grandmother this year, and it certainly does put a damper on Christmas. I remind myself that my Grandmother, who was a true Christian woman, would not WANT to return to earth now that she has the joy of being with Jesus.

I’d love to hear how your Mother is doing after opening her gift. What a lovely thing he did for her.

God Bless you and your family.


43 posted on 12/23/2013 10:01:13 PM PST by borntobeagle (It's The End Of The World As We Know It And I Don't Feel Fine.)
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To: borntobeagle

I don’t believe your grandmother would want to come back here either. She is in a much better place. My father suffered a lot before he passed away. I know he wouldn’t want to come back to that.

Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family.


44 posted on 12/23/2013 10:16:12 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott

Merry Christmas


45 posted on 12/23/2013 10:17:56 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: boycott

Your family is blessed.


46 posted on 12/23/2013 10:19:07 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: Donnafrflorida; boycott; Jim Robinson

Thank you, boycott, for your beautiful post at Christmas. Donnafrflorida, many of us have had our hearts ripped out by the suicide of a beloved family member or friend. Our friends have rallied once again to support a member.
Free Republic is a wonderful place to find solace, understanding, unity and brotherhood. I’m praying for you today and forever more.
Thank you, Jim Robinson, for giving us this community.
Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season to all.


47 posted on 12/23/2013 10:50:17 PM PST by namvolunteer (Obama says the US is subservient to the UN and the Constitution does not apply. That is treason.)
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To: Donnafrflorida
so i go everyday wondering will if i will ever see him again.

if anything - we have a Father whos Grace and Atonement in the blood of Christ is enough to cleanse us all…..

Personally, Im of the mind God knows thier pain and is compassionate enough to hug them rather than shun them

48 posted on 12/23/2013 10:52:41 PM PST by Revelation 911
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To: Mortrey

i think it depends. i think motive and intent factor in. whether you’re all mentally ‘there’ too factors in.


49 posted on 12/23/2013 10:58:31 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Donnafrflorida

depressed people are suffering people. they may have a real medical issue going on that may or may not be helped by certain meds. i believe God has compassion and knows that the person wasn’t in their right mind an due to their brain imbalances, chemically, wasn’t thinking straight.

i had a friend at church who committed suicide. never even knew he had a depression problem or took meds for it. i think he went off the meds and in two weeks he got to that point.


50 posted on 12/23/2013 11:04:07 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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