Skip to comments.Let me tell you what my father got my mother for Christmas.
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.
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.
Thank you for a very nice story. May God bless you and your family richly.
the screen just got foggy for some reason- thanks for sharing- God bless you(I Corinthians 15: 55-
Thank you and may God bless you and your family too.
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.
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.
Thank you so much.
I’ve enjoyed reading “Pastor Bill Randles Blog” over the last month or so.
God bless you too.
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.
I tear up every time I think about it.
God bless you and your family and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
You just made my day! Merry Christmas
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.
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.
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!!
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.)
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.
Quit making me cry.
What a touching story. This is what love looks like.
Thank you. God bless you and your family and I hope that you have a Merry Christmas.
Thank you. i so so much want to believe that he might be forgiven. Merry CHRISTmas to you.
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.
Thank you. God Bless you and your family and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
Me too. We are on the Preppers Ping. We're so screwed.
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
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!
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.
Thank you. God bless you and your family and Merry Christmas.
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!!
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.
The thoughtfulness of your Dad is, to me, the spirit of what Christmas should be to families.
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.
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.
Thank you. I have been very blessed to have such wonderful parents. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
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.
Thank you and God bless you and your family. Merry Christmas!
God bless you and the family.
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.
Thank you. May God bless you and your family too.
Teary eyes before I go to bed. Thanks for sharing. PLEASE let us know how she reacts. God bless you all.
Thank you. God bless you and your family.
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.
Thank you. God bless and Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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.
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.
Your family is blessed.
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.
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
i think it depends. i think motive and intent factor in. whether you’re all mentally ‘there’ too factors in.
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.
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