June 17, 2011 > To my dad
To my dad
My dad passed away while I was at our School Board meeting on June 8. When I got home that night, or rather the next morning, at around 2 a.m., I found my son waiting up for me to share the news. I didn't know how to feel! Even though I have been expecting this day since my dad became bed-ridden in April of last year and I have been visiting him frequently since then, it is still very hard to accept the fact that he is really gone. I regret not being right there by his bedside when it happened, but thankful that I was able to get on the next flight out of SFO to make it to his funeral service in Shanghai in time.
The memorial service was dignified, sweet, cozy and simple, just how my dad would have wanted it. We all surrounded him, read scriptures, sang songs that he loved and shared our memories of him. My youngest sister and brother, who were with him before he breathed his last breath, told us how his eyes lit up and face glowed as he was looking up to the ceiling as if he was seeing God's angel greeting and receiving him to the heavenly home.
My dad worked hard all his life to live a righteous and moral life by constantly doing good to provide for his family and help other people. While I was going through some hard times in life including struggling at school, in marriage and health, my dad was always there to encourage and support me. He told me that a successful person is not someone who sails smoothly through life, but someone who is able to pick himself up when falling down. He is every bit a hero and saint to me, but he didn't think he was deserving of God's grace!
Yet, by God's grace, his life started to change in April 2010. While his body was deteriorating, his spiritual eyes were enlightened. Even as he was lying in bed throughout these past 16 months, unable to speak or move, he testified the presence of Lord in his life by showing this amazing transformation. He was even more of a giant to me on his sick bed!
We miss him so much, but we know that we will see him again one day. As Father's Day is here, I just feel so thankful and comforted knowing that my dad is with my Dad in heaven now.
Love and Peace in Christ,
Ivy Wu, Fremont