Because my dad always treated me and my sisters, and my mom so well on Valentine's Day. He always sent chocolate covered strawberries to my door. So, honestly, since my dad died unexpectedly 3 1/2 months ago, I wasn't sure how today would go.
I woke up broken hearted. I missed my dad so much. And I knew I wouldn't get that phone call today.
A package came to the door yesterday from my mom. When it arrived I smiled because I knew my mom was sending us treats. I set it aside and thought to myself I'd open in later.
I had a few moments alone this morning so I decided to open it.
The first thing I saw was an envelope with my name on it in my mom's handwriting. I thought she'd made me a card.
I opened it and I just froze.
I saw my dad's handwriting. The only thing in the envelope was this note:
Happy Valentine's Day Tara! Are you happy? Do you know you are loved dearly by your Mom and Dad? Do you know we like you and find you to be a pleasant thing in our life- a real joy and blessing! I'm so glad God brought you to us. I'm so glad I got to be your Dad. You are very special Tara. You are very tender and sensitive. We love that about you. Keep a careful watch on yourself- your life. Be true to what you know. We will always love you.
Mom and Dad
I was 14. The line that stopped me was "I'm so glad I got to be your dad." It's past tense. He wrote this note 23 years before he died. He had no inkling his life would end early.
23 years ago God pressed on my dad's heart to write this note. My dad tucked it securely away where it stayed undiscovered and untouched for 23 years. Two weeks ago my mom uncovered it. Perfect timing for me to receive it on this very tough Valentine's Day.
This is a very touchable, very specific example of God's love. He loves us enough to tuck notes away to minister to our broken hearts. He loves us more than we've ever even known.
Our love here on earth is a shadow of His perfect love for us. For our family, Valentine's Day is a celebration of God's love for us.
Tonite we start a tradition in this family. On Valentine's Day we go out and celebrate that God loved us so much he sent His only Son to die for us. The ultimate act of undeserving love.