Words of Hope: Only Seven Seconds

Shann and Bella had a late-night this week, and I was alone in the house for the first time in a while. I sat on the couch watching the sunset. Then, I had an overwhelming longing to see Dad. He usually rested on the loveseat across from where I sat. We would talk together many evenings. I was overwhelmed with the sorrow of the finality of this simple moment being over. I sobbed and sobbed for a while. Then I turned on CeCe Winan’s album, Believe For It. It’s my favorite right now. I sent this song and message to people who overwhelm me with their friendship and love. It was good to text them and remember my gratitude for their lives. I had contemplated watching a movie, but I am so happy that instead, I listened to CeCe’s praise music, prayed, and reached out to others. This was the best way to remember and honor my Dad. It was something that flowed out of him daily, hourly—this will to connect, to reach out and text, to call, to remind people again and again that he believed in them and he loved them. NBC did a story series video called, Only Seven Seconds. It’s a reminder; it only takes a few seconds to remind people you value them. Dad was the king of only 7 seconds. His outflowing love brought many people joy.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” -2 Corinthians 1:3-4