Dear Freda, I feel for you in the passing of your Dad. My Dad went to Heave 35 yrs. ago at age 53 from lung cancer, when I was almost 18. I love him so much and still miss him even after so long. I am his only daughter. My Mother just passed away 5 weeks ago on June 20, 2010 at age 88. She was my Best Friend. I had lived with her my whole life, 53 yrs. Even when I married for the first time at 51, my husband moved in with us. I feel lost without her in our home and every time I get in my car to go somewhere. We did everything together, vacations, shopping, eating out, going to church, just everything. You never saw one of us without the other. But something I came to realize just recently is that God makes no mistakes. He has every day of our lives written down in the book He keeps of our lives. He knows when each of us will be born and He knows exactly what day and time He will be taking us Home to Heaven. My Mother was hospitalized for a month due to a fall and then complications from back surgery that followed. She passed away from respiratory failure and pneumonia. She fought so hard during her last month, but God in His mercy knew that her body had fought as hard as it could and was just worn out, and He knew that to heal her He would be taking her home to live in His kingdom forever, with a brand new body that will never get sick again or die. In Heaven there will be no more tears, no more pain, no more heartaches, and no more death. I have cried an ocean of tears since my Mother's been gone. I have to remind myself that my Mother would be telling me "I don't want my girl to be crying." I know that she wants me to be happy and not sad, because she is totally well and is with my Dad after 35 yrs. apart. I am comforted that one day I will be reunited with them when God takes me home, however far into the future that might be, only He knows. I am sure your Dad is so proud of you being a registered nurse, and that he would want you to return to nursing all of the sick patients that God will bring into your care. Remember that God heals people not only through doctors, but also by working through nurses like you. Your Dad will always be your Best Friend, as my Mother will always be mine, and we will be reunited with them in God's time. They are looking down on their daughters and smiling. I know it's only been a few days since your Dad went to Heaven. Give yourself some time to grieve. I know for a few weeks I would often wake up in the morning and feel like someone had punched me in the stomach when I realized that my Mother was not in bed in her bedroom next to mine. But just try to picture your Dad putting his arms around you and reassuring you that he is totally well now. I feel like as powerful and loving as God is, that He allows our parents to go back and forth from Heaven to check on their children that are left behind on this Earth. We just can't see them, but I feel they can see us. I know I feel my Mother's presence around me every single day, and also my Dad's presence. I know they are checking on me. Be comforted that your Dad is checking on you, Freda, and when you do return to work being the nurse and daughter that he is so proud of, just remember he is right there beside you smiling. :) Take care and God bless you, Pamela
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