Thanks to those who have expressed support and prayed for us. It’s been moving. We got an e-mail this morning that was just what we needed. It feels like we’re being pastored through this by our friends.
My brothers David and Kevin are joining me tonight to fly over. It’s not a good idea to fly so soon after seeing United 93 (saw it last Friday) but nothing I can do about that now.
I’m mourning a few things. I had planned to take my kids and Charlene to see Dad when they got out of school in a couple of months. They haven’t seen Dad in years, and this was supposed to be the first trip I’ve taken in a long time that was just to see him, not to intervene in a crisis. I was also enjoying not flying over quite so often, and that didn’t last too long.
I suppose I’m also mourning the father I never had. My Dad left so many years ago and was so shaped by alcoholic parents that he just wasn’t the Dad we needed. I always found it hard at Father’s Day to buy him a card because most of them just didn’t apply. That wasn’t going to change, but his death makes it seem much more final.
I heard a sermon by Ian Campbell the other week on the first line of the Lord’s Prayer. Ian suggested that Satan may attack our relationship with our fathers so much because that distorts our image of God. That just may be true.
Anyway, I’m grateful for my friends and ready to fly. If I can find Internet access in the UK I’ll be back on soon. Peace.