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Mosbonian
04-10-2011, 12:41 PM
As all of you who have been around ChiefsPlanet know, I have spent the last few years rebuilding my relationship with my Father. Without recounting the whole story, we drifted apart because of philosophical differences, and after many years of stilted conversations we came to terms with each other.

The last few years have been nice....while we don't live close, we talk by phone each week. When my wife would go home on school breaks to visit her family she made sure my Father go to see the kids.

Dad's health has not been good for some time, (partly the reason for us coming to terms with each other) and has gradually gotten a little worse each year.

This past weekend I came home to Kansas City to visit him....he had asked me to come for a visit. I was pretty sure I knew why he wanted to see me, but was hoping that it was just because I hadn't been back in a year.

My Father and I had breakfast on Friday and he broke the news I have dreaded hearing. There is no more that the Dr's can do for him and they have given him a timetable...a short one...and he wanted to see all of us one last time, while not lying in a hospital room. While knowing, due to his condition, that this was inevitable, it still hurt badly. I tried not to cry, not to embarass him, but I couldn't help myself. Something about the finality of it all hit me hard enough that the ability to remain strong was no longer there.

We spent a couple of hours talking about things...both past and present...and parted with something my Father has never done...a hug.

I would like to ask for your thoughts and prayers for my Dad, a life-long Chiefs fan as he faces his final days here.

Thank you,

Mark

Dave Lane
04-10-2011, 12:50 PM
Mark, best of luck to you and your dad. May his passing be easy. Its a hard thing to know and live with. But be happy for having him as long as you did and being close to him

RJ
04-10-2011, 12:55 PM
Best wishes for all of you, Mark. I hope you dad's passing is as peaceful as possible for all concerned.

Chocolate Hog
04-10-2011, 12:56 PM
So sorry to hear this man. From my experience i'd say spend as much time as possible with your father wether it be in person or speaking to him over the phone.

Bwana
04-10-2011, 12:57 PM
Done, sorry to hear about your Dad. I'm happy you two were able to work things out.

big nasty kcnut
04-10-2011, 01:24 PM
done

BIG_DADDY
04-10-2011, 01:24 PM
God bless you and your father Mark. Good to see you guys worked things out and don't trip on the crying.

mlyonsd
04-10-2011, 01:26 PM
Prayers your way.

Zebedee DuBois
04-10-2011, 01:33 PM
My prayers and thoughts are with you.

JASONSAUTO
04-10-2011, 01:39 PM
Prayers on the way buddy
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ChiTown
04-10-2011, 01:39 PM
God bless you and your Father, Mark. You'll be in our prayers.

Pawnmower
04-10-2011, 01:43 PM
Done.

R8RFAN
04-10-2011, 01:51 PM
That brought a tear to my eye and a lump in my throat, I am sorry, Prayers sent

seclark
04-10-2011, 02:03 PM
prayers for you, your father, and all those involved.
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Easy 6
04-10-2011, 02:16 PM
I truly feel your pain man, went thru something fairly similar with my Dad.

Max out the time that remains.

Mr. Kotter
04-10-2011, 02:32 PM
Prayers and best wishes to you and yours, in this difficult time.

Hydrae
04-10-2011, 02:47 PM
It sounds like he is making his peace and is about ready to go. I am glad to hear you have had good relations the last few years, that will help for both of you.

58-4ever
04-10-2011, 03:04 PM
Prayers to you and your family. I lost my Dad on Thursday night without being able to say goodbye.

cherish these last few days, weeks, or whenever his time comes.

R8RFAN
04-10-2011, 03:07 PM
Prayers to you and your family. I lost my Dad on Thursday night without being able to say goodbye.

cherish these last few days, weeks, or whenever his time comes.

I am sorry for your loss

Over-Head
04-10-2011, 03:44 PM
Done :thumb:





Glad you were able to patch things up, I went home for the 3rd and last time to try 2 years ago, got told to go away again, I did....and ain't going back till he actually askes me to.

LiveSteam
04-10-2011, 04:42 PM
Losing a father is very hard. My thought & prayers to both you & 58-4ever. Livesteam

Gracie Dean
04-10-2011, 05:13 PM
Got them. My mom is in the same boat, but probably not as short a time table as your dad. We are here for you!~

bevischief
04-10-2011, 06:20 PM
prayers for you, your father, and all those involved. I have had my own problems of late. Hang in there.

CrazyPhuD
04-10-2011, 07:38 PM
Good luck to you and your family. Time is the most precious commodity on the word and you can never buy enough.

DaFace
04-10-2011, 08:06 PM
Hang in there, man.

Just Passin' By
04-10-2011, 08:38 PM
Prayer sent.

Fat Elvis
04-10-2011, 10:06 PM
Wow. Done.

Gadzooks
04-11-2011, 12:35 AM
I send my wishes of strength and peace to you and your family in this difficult time.

ROYC75
04-11-2011, 02:53 AM
Mark, May God bless you, your dad and the whole family during this difficult time. I know it meant a lotto you and your dad to come together again. I pray that the whole family will find peace with this difficult trial.

Thoughts and prayers from all of us here, to you.

ROYC75
04-11-2011, 02:56 AM
Prayers to you and your family. I lost my Dad on Thursday night without being able to say goodbye.

cherish these last few days, weeks, or whenever his time comes.

May I extend our condolences to you and your family and that God sends his blessings down upon you and the family.

Der Flöprer
04-11-2011, 05:23 AM
Terrible news. Best wishes.

Msmith
04-11-2011, 07:54 AM
I am glad that you and your father can come together in such time. Things like this often force us to look at our priority in life somberly.

Do you have any siblings? One suggestion is that the whole family, with grand kids and all, do some get together events and video-record them while your father still is in a jolly mood.

May peace with your family.

Lzen
04-11-2011, 08:44 AM
Mark, its okay to shed a few tears in that situation. Nobody will think less of you.

My dad passed a couple years ago. I thought I did a pretty good job of holding it together all through the process of arrangements and everything leading up to the funeral. I mean, we knew this was coming for a long time because like your dad, my dad's health was declining more and more every year (COPD). So it shouldn't have been such a shock, right? I handled everything pretty well during the whole process, even at the wake.



During the funeral, I couldn't hold it in any longer. My daughter (7 years old at the time) looked at her mom and was kinda shocked and asked why daddy was crying. It never occurred to me that she had never seen daddy cry.

I'll say a prayer for you and your family in your time of need.

doomy3
04-11-2011, 09:56 AM
Thoughts and prayers your way. Good on you for working to repair the relationship. I am sure that will give you some peace in the coming years.

Sure-Oz
04-11-2011, 07:45 PM
Prayers heading your way.

Al Czervik
04-11-2011, 09:56 PM
Prayers to you and your father....

Pants
04-11-2011, 11:09 PM
Prayers and thoughts, man. Stay strong, and I say that knowing full well that there's no way I could.

booger
04-12-2011, 04:57 AM
I'm glad that you both worked out your differences, some never do have that chance. I hope his time he has left is as painless as possible and you and his friends and family find the strength through all of this.

Take Care!

Extra Point
04-12-2011, 08:55 AM
Glad you and your Dad took your relationship to this level.

boogblaster
04-12-2011, 01:14 PM
Life deals us a bad hand .. but also a good one too .. glad ya talked things out .. God Bless ....

Lono
04-12-2011, 02:03 PM
Prayers your way man.

Rain Man
04-12-2011, 10:12 PM
Good luck to you.