A father’s love


“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” Billy Graham

Yesterday marked four years since my dad died.  Sometimes it seems like I’ve been under a long, unending fog since that signal day.  Other times, the wound is fresh and gaping, as if he passed a few minutes ago.

I’m grateful to my natural father for being what Billy Graham described above. 

I’m also very grateful to my heavenly Father for blessing me with my Dad and many who have served as father figures in my life.  I am in many ways blessed!

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”  1 John 3:1

Happy Sunday!



  1. I am always happy when my friends are happy, I am thankful for that because I am also affected very deeply when they are not doing well. Alison, I do not understand the pain of loosing a dad but I know the void of never having one. I thank God that you have great memories of your dad, cherish them, smile at a memory for me … for those of us who have no such memories. This is the only forum in which I am brave enough to say how much I wish I had a father … even now. Like you, I thank God for the love of my heavenly father. For me, I can’t say that I had a father figure there were adult males in my life but non that I can say sat me down and expressed interest in what I was doing or where I was going. I continue to thank God for my Heavenly Father and my new family.

    Blessing the Lord for your life.


    • I hear you, Fab. I don’t take lightly having had my dad in my life. I know that it is not the norm for everyone, so I definitely feel you on this one. God is faithful, however. I join in giving Him thanks, with you, for all He continually does for you and your family. Hugs, Ali
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  2. Alison, may God’s comfort wash over you afresh this weekend. I look forward to meeting this great man one day soon…. What a sweet reunion awaits you one day! In the meantime, there is a remembering and a hoping and a waiting. Never easy, but always rich. Right?

    Love the Fred Hammond song that you shared. Beautiful. 🙂
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    • Lyli, thanks for this: “There is a remembering and a hoping and a waiting.” That’s where I place my joy. Yes, indeed.

      I’m a huge Fred Hammond fan, so I love to delve into the rich treasury of his songs.
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  3. Hey Alison. It’s always so interesting how The Lord links us up with stories we need to hear. You’re my neighbor this week and I lost my father a few years ago as well. He was not the father billy Graham spoke of in the quote you used. But a long time ago The Lord taught me how to forgive him and to embrace the good in our relationship. My father was a dreamer, an entrepreneur and stood strong in His beliefs. He was a great provider. He was a whole lot of other things too, but he was my father . I’m grateful to have been influenced by his legacy of hard work and determination.

    • I love how you describe your dad and how you see his imprint in terms of your work ethic, Lisha. Sometimes it takes a while for us to see the sterling qualities in our parents. God is good in allowing time to bring us to a fuller, more grace-filled understanding of our folks and their journey. It’s a God thing, indeed!
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  4. The picture is sweet. Came back after listening to the song. I was listening to Fred Hammond the other day. Great choice.
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  5. Happy Sunday to you too. That was beautiful – and I love the phone. Great Billy Graham quote. My daddy has definitely been an asset in my life and in my son’s life.
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  6. A good dad is a wonderful effect on the kids. My husband is the step-dad for my son and daughter, and when he entered their lives… 15 and 11 … they were truly touched. It began to turn them around from what they had been forced into before by their dad. 28 years later, as a grandpa and step-dad, he has obviously touched many, many life. [And mine, too, of course… HE is WONDERFUL!!] Thanks for sharing.
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  7. I really like this picture of you with you Dad. And as one sister to another who also lost her Dad too soon (I’ve actually outlived my father – he died in his early 40s) I understand the continued feeling of loss and sadness. May The Father continue to comfort you.
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  8. Happy Sunday to you! My father died July 2nd in 1984, and I do notice it/acknowledge it/mull over it every year. My grandfather passed on July 2nd too, in 2012. He was 100! Very different scenarios but still interesting to be the same date.
    Hope you had a blessed weekend.
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    • How coincidental that both passed on the same day, Tamara. I certainly get the mulling that occurs. It’s there all year long, like a simmering pot, but it tends to bubble up on the anniversary of his passing.

      I did have a blessed weekend. I’ve been indoors all day due to the snow/hail/sleet/freezing rain we’ve been getting. Yesterday was my runaround day! 🙂
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  9. Hi Ali! What a sweet remembrance of your father. Is that you on the box?
    I agree that a father’s role is often ignored, in favor of mothers. Both are so necessary. And you had a wonderful man as your earthly father. That is such a reason to be thankful, as so many do not have a good role model.
    You have been greatly blessed.
    Keep warm!
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    • Yes, that’s me seated on the post by the gate, Ceil! And he definitely was a great role model. Forever grateful, and blessed.

      Tomorrow will be the test of today’s weather. Hoping for some rain to help melt the frozen mixture that’s covering the streets right now.
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  10. I never knew my dad he is still alive and with my family gone it would have been nice to get to know him and see how a real dad is suppose to be but my God in heave has been the best and no one can compare to him. Love the picture

  11. My own dad passed away this September and it is strange to not be able to see him. I miss him. We were not close but we did have an understanding between us. My husband has my dad’s chair now, it is sometimes a good thing for me to just ‘sit in it’ and remember.
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  12. I get that, Sharon. Those special places are like shrines, in a way, to the departed. Wishing you strength and peace as you go through this first Christmas season without him.
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  13. We are blessed to read this. They simply do not get enough credit. I love and appreciate mine for the EXCEPTIONAL father he is. Great way to start the week Alison!
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  14. Thinking of you and sending you hugs. Those death anniversaries are always really difficult.-Ashley
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  15. Thanks, Ashley. It’s a work in progress, this grieving business. I try to focus on the happy times and to recognize the blessings.
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  16. What a beautiful and touching post to dedicate to your Dad. I didn’t have a Father I could call Dad but I too am grateful for God being my All in All… even in those times I felt something was missing he filled the gap.
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  17. I am so sorry about your dad. Hugs to you, my friend. The anniversaries are always difficult.
    Those words are very true. My husband is great father to our children…we are lucky. He is always there. His father wasn’t around much when he was a child and neither was mine. He really wanted it to be different with our children.
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  18. Aw, Alison! I’m so sorry about your loss. I know it was a while ago, but still! Your father seems like he was an extraordinary man if his daughter is saying that about him. I’m grateful for the father that my children will have in my husband. It makes me smile inside when I see him interacting with my son. 🙂 Happy Sunday!
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  19. Our daddies fill a place in our heart that no one can ever replace. I’m sorry that yours in no longer with you, Alison, but it sounds like you know how blessed you were to have him in your life for as long as you did. Hugs to you!
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  20. Awww…how sweet Alison! Your dad seems to have been a wonderful man! I remember reading your tribute post to him…beautiful! There is nothing like the love of a father my friend! We are both blessed to have had fathers who loved and provided for us! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know, I’m so late! Girl, I can’t seem to keep up, lol! When I take my Christmas break, I’ll be sure to actually catch up on my blog, lol! Blessings my friend! xoxoxo
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    • Michell, better late than never! So good to see you here, as always. thanks for the encouragement re: our dads and their legacy. I know you know firsthand how difficult losing a father can be.



  21. You were lucky to have such a wonderful man in your life. The down side is it makes it that much harder to lose him. Such a sweet picture. 🙂
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  22. i’m sure your father was an amazing man, alison! may the memories you shared last you a lifetime.
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  23. That’s a wonderful quote from Billy Graham. Your feelings about how you feel since your father’s passing mirrors how I feel about my Mother.
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  24. I’m sure he’s proud of the woman you are and I know how you feel, I miss my parents so much. I was a daddy’s girl.
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  25. Love that picture! My father was quite stern when I was growing up, but he loves hard. We have a really good relationship and I appreciate him immensely. I didn’t realize how many compromises and sacrifices he made for our family until I was an adult. I’m definitely a daddy’s girl.
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    • So true that it’s only when we’re grown that we appreciate what all went into our parents being good parents. I know you’re grateful now for all that your dad did, Kimberly. So am I re: my dad’s selflessness and patience.
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