The other day, I was sitting with Dad. He was sleeping, but would wake up every so often, and moan. I would ask him what he needed, or if he was hurting. He would respond in the negative, and I worried that I was bothering him, and kept apologizing.
Finally, he looked at me, and pulled out Lecture #56.3, subsection B.
“Sunshine, if I need something, I’ll ask, but it NEVER bothers me to know that you want to help. Stop apologizing.” He paused. “You should never, ever apologize when you are trying to do something nice for someone. Ever,” he said. “Okay?
I smiled and said, “Yes, Daddy,” then apologized loudly. Just to get at him. He grinned at me and chuckled, then fell asleep.
As much as he is declining, he is still my Daddy. He hasn’t changed at all, except physically. He can still lecture with the best of them, and I have taken his words to heart.
I will never again apologize for being kind.
Thanks, Dad, for being my dad to the end! I love you.
Grace & Peace,