If there is one great man I know, it’s undoubtedly my Tatay. He introduce me and my sister to the Christian faith. He taught me to pray and love God, to be honest, to be humble, to be forgiving, to respect and be compassionate to everyone. Those lessons greatly impacted my life.
He modeled contentment by living a simple life. He is exemplary kind and responsible. I will never forget all the sacrifices you’ve made to give us a good life despite being a solo parent. You relinquished your own happiness for our sake, and that to me is as precious as jewel.
I thought I would have much time to show you that I am grateful of all the things that you have done for us. I thought we still have plenty of time to bond together. I thought I will continue seeing your happy face whenever you are with my children. I thought I would be able to take care of you when your knees are week, when you are suffering from gout , or simply when you get really old.
It really hurts that without any warning, you went “home” too early. I have asked God “why too soon?” But Him being the author and finisher of our faith, reminded me that “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isiah 40:6-8. It’s truly painful for us, but it is “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15. Had I knew you were leaving too soon, I would have spent more quality time with you Tatay. It hurts that we only have a short time together.
It was a shock of my life and it was really painful. Thankfully we have people who loves us dearly; our family,relatives, my inlaws, and friends who was their to comfort us. The assurance of God’s word helps me to understand better ,the reason of our grief. In 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 says For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. I know he was ready to face the Lord. I can only imagine my father, seeing face to face with our Creator, surrounded with His glory in a place much much better than earth. That probably is the most important event in every Christian life. He would not be lonely anymore, I know he is happy with Jesus and my mother.
Yes, I am now an orphan. But God, assured me hours before my father left us, though I loss my earthly father, I still have my Heavenly Father. “Father to the fatherless…–this is God, whose dwelling is holy.” Psaml 68:5.
I thank you LORD for being my comforter in this time of grief. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4. I have been so afraid to face life without one of the most important person in my being, but HE told me “do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10. And in our grief, He will turn our grief into gladness. I will give them comfort and joy in place of their sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13
Thank you for the unconditional love Tatay! Your sun may have set already but we know that you have found a new sunrise.Your legacy will always remain in our heart. You are the very first man I loved and you will always be loved. You are always in my thought and I miss you soo much!