I loved my dad. I don’t think I told him enough how much I loved him and how much I appreciate everything he did for me. I won’t regret because it does no good. Instead, I honor him by remembering everything I loved about him and sharing it.
The Christmas after my father died of cancer, I decided to create a scrapbook in memory of him. That was over a year ago and I work on it slowly and surely. It has become a soothing experience and a way for me to grieve creatively.
In my Griefshare workbook (I didn’t do the biblestudy but my mom got me the workbook), there was a section on listing all the “jobs” or titles a deceased person held in your life. The book said it was important to grieve all of those titles. That became my inspiration to organize the memory album into the different titles my dad had. I didn’t just lose my father. I lost a friend, a shopping buddy, a collector, and so on.
I didn’t create this page first but I thought I would use it as the first page to share on this blog. It is his Christian page. My father was not a likely candidate to win Christian of the Year (thankfully, that doesn’t exist). He worshiped in his way and frequented Bedside Baptist. I never doubted his faith though.
The journaling is the the verses of chapters 139 and 23 of Psalms. Psalms 139 was chosen because it was the scripture read (or rather spoken) at my dad’s memorial service. It was also one of the last scriptures he heard as he was visited by a former pastor several days before he passed away. I noted that this passage was spoken rather than read because my niece, Emma, had memorized this passage in school and a video of her reciting this passage was played. I also used Psalms 23 because I really like that passage.
Anyway, thanks for reading my post. There will be more to come about the memory album for my dad. It is far from completed.