Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sam A. Thomas

‎20 years ago today I said goodbye and hugged my father one last time. I've missed him every single day. Thanks to Amy Boone for this wonderful quote by Andy Raine from Common Prayer..."Do not hurry as you walk with grief; it does not help the journey. Walk slowly, pausing often; do not hurry as you walk with grief. Be not disturbed by memories that come unbidden. Swiftly forgive; and let Christ speak for you unspoken words. Unfinished conversation will be resolved in Him. Be not disturbed. Be gentle with the one who walks with grief. If it is you, be gentle with yourself. Swiftly forgive; walk slowly, pausing often. Take time, be gentle as you walk with grief."

I wanted to share this in honor of my dad. I love this because of Sheryl's voice singing and thinking about how much Dad would have LOVED hearing her. And I love the end of this slide show seeing the heritage of faithfulness passed down and having our own "Sam Thomas" who brings joy to my life every day. We all miss you, Dad! I only wish I could see what you see and hear what you hear in that great cloud of witnesses. Someday!


Stephen Bailey said...

Found myself laughing out loud with joyous memories as I watched this and now I'm writing this comment with tears streaking down my cheeks. 20 years later and I smile every time I think of him.
Thanks for sharing this video and thanks for sharing your dad with so many of us. You have more siblings than any only child I've ever met!

Warren Baldwin said...

Hey Brandon,
Linked here from FB. Great quote on grief, and very moving song, sung wonderfully. Good post. wb