Thursday, December 15, 2011

Skywatch Friday/Christmas Music Marathon 2011-Day 22

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I took this photo last December one morning, on my way to work.  I was a few minutes late getting into the office, but it was worth the effort.

Christmas Music Marathon 2011-Day 22

April 10, 1920 - December 16, 2009

Today is the second anniversary of the passing of my Father.  I loved him and I miss him deeply.  He was my hero in more ways than he could have ever known or I was ever able to express.  I have good days, when I don't think about him at all.  I have good days when I remember him with love.  Then, I have those days when I just hurt, because he's not here.  Every child who loses their last parent knows what I'm talking about.  You have made the transition from child to patriarch.  You have become the oldest generation in the family.
No one truly knows how long dad had that lump in his abdomen that would be diagnosed as cancer in September of 2009.  By the time treatment started the outcome was already known.  On December 16, 2009, dad lost his battle with cancer, but won the victory over death's sting.  Even though dad stepped into the eternity and the arms of Christ, deep down inside I would have loved One Last Christmas.

   I rejoice in the fact that dad's chains are gone, and I look forward to that day when my chains will be broken as well.  The chains of disease, sorrow, and death.  As a Christian, when our days are finished here, our chains will be gone and we will rest in arms of our Savior.  This next video is not a Christmas song.  It is one of the songs from dad's memorial service.  It is one of my favorite arrangements of a classic Hymn.  Here is Chris Tomlin singing "Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone".


  1. What a wonderful tribute to your father. I can relate too, and have the same feelings. A beautiful sky shot. Spectacular!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. I love your photos and your tribute to your father touch me.


  3. Love the shot and it's well worth being a bit late to work to capture such beauty.

    The first video will not play. I love the second video very much. I used to sing this in church long ago. One of my mothers favorite.

    I've lost both of my parents and I'm the eldest child. I can so relate to what you said about losing the last parent.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  4. That's a beautiful tribute to your dad. And a beautiful post.

  5. A beautiful sky and a lovely tribute to your Dad. Lovely skywatch photo. Happy skywatching and I wish you a Merry Christmas.

  6. Driller, great testimony about your Father. I lost my Mother seven years ago and like you sometimes I miss her very much but am looking forward to seeing her again.

  7. That's one beautiful sky and I love how you photographed it. Your father sounds very special.

  8. I love the Skywatch photo, it's very dramatic and definitely worth waiting for!

  9. thanks for sharing the Christmas music marathon! that's great. and sorry for the loss of your father. I'm glad you have many happy memories of times shared with him. that sunset shot is exquisite! thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hello, I truly appreciate it. happy day to you.