…I sat in the rain today…

I sat in the rain today…
Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Matched my mood.

I sat in the rain today…
Before you think I am entirely nuts…I was in my car, in a parking lot, away from everything else.  I listened to it hit the roof, the windshield, stared up at the grey skies.

I tried to read, I reflected, I cried, I prayed, I grieved, I hurt, I smiled, I laughed…maybe not in that order, and some of those I did more than once.

It’s a strange place to be…this time after a death, but before the funeral.  You’re busy, you’re surrounded, you’re busy again, working towards an event that is to honor the memory of a man that meant the world to you.  Then you hit that period of wait…and you dwell a bit.  Me, I sat in the rain.

I sat in the rain today…
I wanted there to be wind.
I wanted there to be lightening.
I wanted there to be thunder.
I wanted a storm.
It was only rain.

My father was a Godly man, a follower of Christ.  And he modeled being Godly to all of his children…and so many others. Sitting in the rain wanting that storm, I realized his passing is only rain…not a storm. A time of grief and sorrow, amidst the comfort of knowing my father is with Our Father now.  No more pain, no more suffering, no more cancer.

Dad is singing his heart out in heaven.  It’s only a time of rain…no storm. There are bigger problems people face…that I have and will face. Those are storms. 

I sat in the rain today…
Thankful for my Heavenly Father and His comfort and care.
Thankful that He blessed me with a father who taught me how to face storms in a Godly manner.  A lesson he taught me repeatedly while I was growing up.  With a song he sang at home, in the car, and at church.

In a few days someone else will be singing that song at my father’s funeral. No offense to the singer…but it’ll be dad’s voice I hear.

Just like I did while,
I sat in the rain today….

In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face
While the storm howls above me, and there’s no hiding place
‘Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry
Keep me safe till the storm passes by

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand
Keep me safe till the storm passes by

Many times Satan whispered, “There is no need to try
For there’s no end of sorrow, there’s no hope by and by”
But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I’ll rise
Where the storms never darken the skies

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand
Keep me safe till the storm passes by

When the long night has ended and the storms come no more
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore
In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand
Keep me safe till the storm passes by

‘Til The Storm Passes By – Mosie Lister

Now, to sing it proper…you have to stand on your toes each time you sing “hollow”…must help hit the high notes…it did for Dad.

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. [2 Timothy 4:6-8 ESV]

5 thoughts on “…I sat in the rain today…

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss, Kenn. 😢 I know what your going through. I’m going through it to. My mentor, was very much a father to me, though I called him big bro. God Bless you and your family. You’re in my prayers. ❤

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  2. Great message . Please know that peace will come in time but you have to take the time to grieve. Thinking of all of you at this difficult and sorrowful time but know that he is free from pain and suffering and is now enjoying his reward for all his years of tireless and faithful service.

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