The father of a dear friend of mine passed away last night. As a loving son, my buddy (John Falconetti) shared the news with a heavy heart. However, on this Palm Sunday, his words had extra meaning for me. John loved his dad and his dad loved John…and his email below is proof positive that God loves us too. As dads, take solace in John’s words. Because of what we dads do and how we do it, our lives have tremendous impact on our kids. Read how John’s dad impacted him and let that be an inspiration for all of us:
Dear Friends: It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that Dad passed away late last night, just before midnight. He lived a full life. He loved deeply, laughed loudly and gave generously. Dad was never one to go quietly into the night, so it shouldn’t be surprising that he fought harder and longer than any physician could have predicted. He was a true fighter, and touched so many lives in so many ways.
Seeing Dad fight these last few days, I have to believe that part of God’s plan was to take this loss and help us appreciate this coming Holy Week that much more. Today we celebrate Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem. In my heart, I think this is the day that Dad triumphantly entered into heaven, and rejoices in eternal peace. As we move towards Easter this coming Sunday, we will be reminded how Jesus sacrificed himself for the forgiveness of our sins, gave us hope for salvation and rose from the dead. This act is why I know Dad rests in Heaven tonight.