Journal: Sitting With My Father In Law

Happy Tuesday!

I’m with my family in Richmond today. According to the doctors, my father in law is not doing too well right now. My heart is broken, what a great man he is. For 20 years, Merle has loved me like his own son… the most kind and patient man I’ve ever known. His influence in my life is beyond words.

Since the day my son was born, I have prayed a thousand times, that Coree Balsamo would grow up to be JUST LIKE MERLE.

I’m not writing him off yet… Merle has a powerful faith and he’s become quite an expert at moving mountains. Merle talks about eternity like it’s in the next room. He told Coree, “Don’t worry about me Coree, I’ve prepared for this and the Lord is taking care of me.”

I’m feeling so much pain for Emily, she is the biggest daddy’s girl I’ve ever met… understandably! She’s hurting and there’s nothing I can do except pray for Gods grace. Thank God for grace… for times like these when we cannot take another step… and he carries us.

Sorry for taking so long to post this mornings blog… expect delays these next few days. I’m still praying for you all… hope you feel the difference.

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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7 thoughts on “Journal: Sitting With My Father In Law

  1. My father's name was Merle, too. Loss is tough, but it's tougher still to lose those you love by inches. My prayer's are with you. Here's a poem that helps me in times of loss.

    Death is only an old door
    Set in a garden wall;
    On gentle hinges it gives, at dusk
    When the thrushes call.

    Along the lintel are green leaves,
    Beyond the light lies still;
    Very willing and weary feet
    Go over that sill.

    There is nothing to trouble any heart;
    Nothing to hurt at all.
    Death is only a quiet door
    In an old wall.

    By Nancy Byrd Turner

  2. Pastor,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family. We love you guys and please do not hesitate to let us know if we can help in any way.

    Cyndi

  3. Oh I am so praying for your sweet family. I have only met him a few times but I know how precious he is to you guys. What a kind and gentle man. God’s will is so hard to pray sometimes but know that his plan is what it is. He’s an ‘on time God’ as not fun as that may be to hear. May the perfect peace that passes ALL understanding fall upon the entire family at this time.

    We love you,

    Mel, Rose, n Emmy:) (((hugs)))

  4. Hey Pastor –

    Please know that we are praying for you all!! I have to agree that Merle is an awesome man of God. I also have to agree he is one of the most kind and patient men I have ever met. I have loved being able to get to know him and Mildred and call them friends. They have blessed us in such a BIG way! We will be praying for all of you and especially Em! We love you guys so much. Pleae feel free to let us know if you all need anything!

    I thank you Lord for Merle’s faith to move the mountains! I thank You for Your grace. I pray that You wrap Merle, Mildred, Pastor, Emily and the entire family with your perfect peace!

    We love you all!
    The Speddings

  5. MERLE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SOLID ROCK BASE FOR ALL OUR FAITH FOR THOSE WHOM NEED THOSE LITTLE EXTRA SOMETHING AND HE GIVES HIS WISDOMIC WORDS WITH SUCH GRACE AND INSPIRATION -LET HIM KNOW WE LOVE HIM AND ARE PRAYING LIKE CRAZY FOR YOU ALL–GODS STRENGTH HOVERS OVER YOU AND HUGS FOR MILLY AND EMILY ARE WHAT I GOT TO OFFER ALONG WITH A BIG HANG IN THERE ALL WILL BE OK AND IN HIS TIME OF GRACE SHALL BE PEACE BEYOND ANYTHING WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH-ANYTHING I CAN DO JUST CALL ASPECIAL PRAYER FOR HEAVEN AND COREY( THEY ARE SO SWEET NATURED AND I KNOW THE FEELINGS THEY ARE HAVING)LOVE FROM THE MYERS FAMILY TO YOURS

  6. You all are in our prayers, Pastor! We love you guys and stand with you in faith, knowing God is in control. What a peace that gives us even in the most difficult circumstances. Sending our love…

  7. Sitting here reading your blog (or trying to is a better way to say it since it's hard to see with tear filled eyes) I am taken back in my mind to when my daddy was sick. I too was a "daddy's girl" by all terms and definitions and I remember our conversations so vividly as if it were yesterday (NOT- it was 23 years ago)

    I WOULD NOT LEAVE HIM! I was 19 and spoke my mind then too:) His doctors were all saying he was fine. He and I both knew differently somehow.

    I remember saying to him "I am not ready for you to leave me" He told me "He was going home". The family all insisted he meant he was leaving the hosp and coming back home with us. See, my dad KNEW THINGS, future happenings and it freaked people out alot. We did not attend church as a family so prophetic gifts was not something I even knew about until my grown up years.

    All I can do is recall the memories of those many conversations me and my dad used to have and thank God for every single moment! Life is precious and we all need to spend our time with the ones who matter the most to us.

    My prayer for Merle is like Pastor said, a miracle! a miracle so profound it baffles all medical personnel to the point that Merle walks out of that hospital full of energy, not needing to get blood again, AND being completely healed !! I BELIEVE THIS CAN HAPPEN! It can happen right now!

    We love you guys!