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Michael Dean Chadwick II
June 7, 1984 – September 25, 1992
It is always difficult at best to write you, my son. As hard as it is, I know these words will encourage someone. Perhaps it will even inspire someone. So again, on the day you went to Heaven, I will share with you some of the past year's events, some thoughts and perhaps a look into the future.
Actually, today is Sunday, the 22nd of September. It's beautiful here today. I'm on the back porch writing and thinking of you. Several weeks ago I had a heart attack. The doctors said it's "the widow maker." What they didn't say was how reflective it would make me. More on that later.
On the family front. Well, Krista, you sister, is off to college. Hard to believe isn't it? Mikie, she is so special. This miracle child reminds me everyday how big God is.
Geoff & Kelly are awesome. Your sister, we call Peaches, is just that. Her company, Scripture Art, is taking off and she is spreading His Word. Little Savannah, Landon and Seth are such a joy and a blessing.
Josh & Katie packed up and went to California. They have a beautiful home. I doubt if any of us really understands the pressure on them and the "fish bowl" they live in. It seems like someone is always pulling on them. Josh hasn't had his best year at baseball, but I give him 5 stars as a daddy and husband. I just wish we could all see each other more often. I have seen 1st hand that God has His hand on them.
Julia, Sierra, Micheala and Stella – WOW! They love them some Big Day, but Nanny is #1.
Nanny or Mommy or Wonder Woman, no matter the title, she is everything to everybody. Son, Mommy misses you so much. Mikie, she talks to you with what she calls her "Mikie Visits" and she can't wait to share what is happening.
Finally, my son, and perhaps most importantly this year, I wanted you and others who read this to know. I finally get it when Paul said "Finish my race and finish strong. Make what's left count, keep the faith". Yes, more storms will come and some days the pain will be greater than others. But I will not quit. My prayer is to find the courage of an 8 year old boy who said "Use me" and Wow, has God done that!
After 23 years my book is scheduled to be out by Christmas. It's very hard to write or as the title says, "Expose Me and all the Junk in my Trunk." "Expose" is an attempt by me to share with my readers all the storms of life. Some we cause, some just come, but all pass. I sometimes wish it was about somebody else, and then God reminds me, "Michael Dean, it IS about someone else. And more importantly, it's about Me, not you!" God said, "Share with them about My Grace. Share with them that I am Mercy and Mercy is great, powerful and it will be worth it."
Mikie, my heart was broken years ago, long before I had a heart attack and the pain way back then still lingers today. Like any life changing event, like a hear attack, it changes you. God spoke to me and said "I'm not finished with you. I just need to remind you of the courage of your boy. A kid who's faith has brought many to Me."
"Now, Big Dad, use that courage and finish the race and finish strong. And I will be there with you. Waiting to give you that crown of life."
To all who read this love letter, I want you to know – keep on, don't quit. Share your faith with all who will listen and never lose sight of this. It will never be easy, but it will be worth it. Mikie, until I hold your hand, I will not let go of HIS!
Like it says in James 1:12, "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him."
Published in The News & Observer on Sept. 25, 2013
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