Today is Father’s Day & I’m thinking about two guys that are dear to me.
One is my dad & the other is my youngest brother, Luke.
My dad has stage 4 Colon cancer that has spread to various other locations throughout his body, he has been battling cancer for the last 2yrs. My youngest brother is only 21 & was diagnosed with Liver Cancer in October, 2014.
Needless to say, our family has been hit with a lot these past few years, but we’ve really been tested the last several months. It seems like there’s been more lows than highs; surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, insanely high medical bills, side effects from medications & let’s not forget the stress, arguments & not-so-friendly-100%-of-the-time attitude that comes from dealing with such a turbulent time.
Many of you dear readers, are personal friends/family of mine & have been following my family’s struggle these last few years & I am very grateful for your friendship & prayers. You have poured blessings & love on my family that has not gone unnoticed. There isn’t a day that goes by when somebody doesn’t ask me how everything is going & reminding me that they’re supporting us through this time.
Several months ago, over a couple of beers at a local bar, a friend of mine asked me, “How do you feel God in your life when you’re being hit so hard right now?” I had never been asked this & didn’t quite know how to respond. I reflected on this on for a while & the answer was right in front of my face.
Because He’s my Father…
I’ve been so incredibly blessed to have an earthly Father that is just a great Dad. No matter what I have ever done in my life, he has always forgiven me. He has always loved me regardless of choices I have made, even if he didn’t agree with them (like wanting to drop out of college to join the circus. Which fortunately I decided against). I was a handful growing up & probably even more of a handful as an adult…but he was & is, the perfect Dad to raise me. The person that God has created me to be couldn’t have happened without me being the daughter of the man hand-picked for that role.
I view God in a similar manner. My father is a reflection of my Father in heaven. Both have never abandoned me & never will. That is the reason I feel God’s presence through this trail because at the end of the day, I know that I’m not going through it alone.
On Saturday, July 18th German’s Villa in Vermilion, Ohio will be hosting a fundraiser in my brother, Luke’s, honor. It’s a chance to help raise money to pay for some medical bills that have piled up. I’d love it if everyone could attend. Aside from the fact that it’s a great cause, for a kid that I love more than anything (even more than my dog!) it’ll be a fun night hanging out with the Henderson’s. They’ll be a Taco Bar, cash bar, 50/50 raffles, gun & professional photo shoot raffle, music & tons of basket raffles. Tickets are $20 each (gun raffle tickets are $10) & you can contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook, or just shoot me a text/call & I’ll make sure you get tickets. If you’d like to support Luke in another way, you can visit the GoFund account that’s linked to make a donation. http://www.gofundme.com/wemc25d
Honor all the “Dad’s” in your life today! Let them know how important they are & thank them for standing by you. There will come a day when you’re facing a world without them in it.