Two years ago this morning (Monday, August 10, 2009) my dad James Lester Niermeyer passed away at the age of 54. I learned a lot from my dad over the years, and quite honestly, I’m still examining my own life in light of his. I find this a bit easier to do now that I have a sense that he’s finally able to love and allow himself to be loved unconditionally. I also am comforted that he is now completely at peace with himself, God, and others.
Through the grace of God, my dad and I reconciled completely three years before he passed away. I had the blessing of helping take care of him as his physical health deteriorated and his faith was put to the test.
I brought him the Eucharist each week. We read the readings together, held hands for the Our Father, did some intercessory prayer for each of our special intentions, then I gave him the Body of Christ.
Lord, thank You for the gift of Your Beloved Son to unite us and teach us to love. Amen.