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