Sunday, August 1, 2010

A Little Prayer from Vacation

We made it to one of our vacation destinations...and sadly we were met with some awful news.  My dad's best friend of 30 plus years passed away on Thursday afternoon.  He was diagnosed with stage 4 esophagus cancer about a month ago and was doing well with chemo, but went downhill, fast, really fast.  In a matter of days his family was planning his funeral.  It all is just so sad.

Dave, my dad's friend, was the most caring, sincere, and wonderful man you would have ever met.  He made you feel like you knew him for 45 years after just 5 minutes.  Dave was there more for my family than I can count and or remember.  When my brother was in his car accident and died 8 days later, Dave and his wife, Carol, were at the hospital from the moment they got the call at 2am, and didn't leave until we did, 8 days later.  Any time we needed them, they were there.  I would like to think our family has done the same for them.

My dad is going to break one of these days...and it's going to be ugly.  But grief is ugly at times, mixed in with some good memories.  Then it's sad, happy, you get the point.  My dad has been taking care of all the details, and Dave's family.  But he is going to break.  Please pray for my dad, Mark.

So if you could say a prayer for Dave's family, and for my dad, that would be greatly appreciated.  We are going to the visitation today, and it's going to be hard. 

Other than that vacation has been good, relaxing, and fun so far.  After the visitation today we are leaving for another vacation destination...can't wait to show you all pictures!!

11 comments:

Holly said...

I just found out yesterday about Dave from my FIL. I was a little shocked b/c I wasn't expecting it. I'll be praying for them and your dad.

Becca said...

I am soo sorry to see this. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. Cancer is such a terrible, terrible thing! My prayers and thoughts are with yours and his family.

Studio JRU said...

I am so, so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Dave's family will be in my prayers. Your dad will be in my prayers. Praying you all feel God's comforting hands during this difficult time.

~Jennifer

Kristin said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, Kate. I will be praying for them.

Barclay Kathryn said...

Oh tears and prayers for you, Mark, Dave, and his and your whole family.

Jenilee said...

praying for your family... loss and grief are ugly and not something that you can prepare for. But, God takes us through the grieving steps doesn't he? Hugs to your family!

Tracy: said...

Praying for your family and for dave's family!

Steph T. said...

Praying...

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Praying for your family...

Kari said...

I'm sorry to hear about your dad's friend. I do pray for grace during this time for your dad and Dave's family.

I love seeing vacation pics!

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