Anything is Possible!

With Love, Hope, and Perseverance

For My Father



When I was in my twenties

searching for myself,

I did not understand

the man you were,

how you suffered and fought

and how deeply you loved

my mother,

my sisters,

and me.

As I got older, you got older.

And now that you are gone,

I am in awe

of the integrity of your life.

And now, as I pray for my daughter,

in her twenties,

searching for herself,

I wonder if this is how

you prayed for me

and if somehow, some day

my strength,

my faith,

will rub off on her

as yours has on me.


Dad in raincoat at rehab (2)

The Strongest Man I’ve Ever Known, 1931-2017



Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “For My Father

  1. Great one JoAnn, may your strength, your faith, rub off on her in Jesus name. Your expectations will not be cut off.

  2. What a wonderful piece of writing JoAnna.. I am certain if your daughter is anything at all like her Mother, lol.. She already knows the love that you pour her way..

    It is often not until in our later years that we reflect upon such things.. I think when we are younger, it is not that we did not see or feel our parents love.. (Some are luckier than others in having warm hearted parents who show their affections.. )
    But I think when we are younger, exploring life, living in the now of our youth and our own families, we do not always See the wisdom of those who have been there and done all of that before just as we..

    I am sure your daughter will be just fine..
    Loved that image of your Father.. and I am also certain he hears your heart right now too xxx ❤
    Love and warm hugs JoAnna.. Hugs Sue ❤

  3. That is the best picture ever!! What an endearing piece!! ❤

    • Thanks, Lisa. It’s one of my favorite pictures. He was going to his cardiac rehab club to work out. He always came in there with a smile and praising God, no matter how he felt physically.

  4. Aw this is so beautiful it made me cry!! Thanks for sharing ❤❤

  5. Your expectations shall not be cut short.

  6. Thinking of you on this special day. I’m sure your dad will send you all the strength and wisdom you need in the years ahead.

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