I Love You (In Sign Language)

Sometimes I can just write my blogs without any problems but once in a while I draw a blank and I do not know what I am suppose to blog about…until it drops into my lap. A good friend of mine and a CGC member joined the chat room last Sunday night and said “I just grew stronger in our Christian faith today.” When I heard this I was very excited for him to share with us great and wonderful things.

Christmas Day I got a phone call that my dad was in the Emergency room with Pneumonia and would later be admitted to the hospital. I went to visit my dad that day at the hospital and he seemed well enough other than the Pneumonia. The next day I went back to the hospital and found out that the staff had just recently moved my dad to the Intensive Care Unit apparently my dad had a heart attack. In the next few days my dad suffered a stroke and another heart attack and he was put on a ventilator. In the days that followed I learned that two of his childhood friends were deaf and that he learned sign language from them. As he laid there in the bed with a tube in his mouth he would sign things to me that I did not understand. Somebody from the family would come in and he would sign to them and they would translate what he was saying to me I never knew that about my dad he always spoke to me.

Today I disconnected him from his life support we had talked about it for the last couple of days or he signed and I talked. My dad’s heart was so bad that there were no treatments that would benefit him. The stroke was even worse as there was only 25% blood flow to his brain…he was slowly slipping away from us.

I was a soldier in the U.S. Armed Forces and many times I went out into the battlefield and did the things that I needed to do for my country. Everyone said that it took courage but today the courage that I needed was not there. My dad pointed upwards to God’s kingdom than signed “I Love you”. My tears filled the streets the streams and the lakes and rushed like a wave into the ocean as I disconnected my dad from his life support and softly said “I love you too dad”.

“You want to know something?” Steve asked.

“What’s that,” I replied.

“God was with me the whole time,” said Steve.

“God loves you He will not let you go through that by yourself,” I added.

On behalf of the Christian Gaming Community I would like to extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to Steve his wife and family and all of his families and friends our hearts and prayers for all.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4