Farewell, Daddy!

My father passed away today.

He wasn’t the perfect father: he made many and grave mistakes, he missed many opportunities…

But I am really proud of him: in his later years he took responsibility for his life, he took steps to change himself and to restore relationships.

I know it wasn’t easy for him.

He confessed his weakness, he confessed how hard it was for him to change at this age…

And in doing so he won my heart back.

Yesterday, when I heard him for the last time, he sounded like a man who knows the end is near. But he was not desperate or scared. He was STRONG

My Dad was a strong man, and he had a big heart…

People say that we don’t choose our parents but if I could choose, I would have chosen the same again!

I love you, Daddy! I miss you! I will always remember you! And I’ll be proud of you!

Your son…

Daddy’s heart

She spins and she sways
To whatever song plays
Without a care in the world
And I’m sitting here wearing
The weight of the world on my shoulders

It’s been a long day
And there’s still work to do
She’s pulling at me
Saying “Dad, I need you

There’s a ball at the castle
And I’ve been invited
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone…

She says he’s a nice guy and I’d be impressed
She wants to know if I approve of the dress
She says, “Dad, the prom is just one week away
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

She will be gone

Well, she came home today with a ring on her hand
Just glowing and telling us all they had planned
She says, “Dad, the wedding’s still six months away
But I need to practice my dancing
Oh, please, Daddy, please?”

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone

Cinderella, Steven Curtis Chapman