Friday, December 23, 2011

'A Guest At God's Table': My Father's Gift

On this day, 7 years ago exactly. I tragically and unexpectedly lost my father.
He genuinely was one of the kindest, most generous and loving beings that has ever graced our planet.

A talented artist and musician, my father taught me to search for, and appreciate beauty in all things.

His philosophies were simple. Do Good. Be Good. Help those who need it. Reach out to, learn from and appreciate other cultures. Most of all he dreamed of a Peaceful, Loving world for it's children to grow up in.

On this day 7 years ago I was in shock as the paramedics wheeled his lifeless body away and struggled to come to terms with a new reality: Life Without Dad.

In a blur of tears I made my way to his little artists studio out the back of our house. I wanted to feel his energy. His little studio was his creative haven. It's walls were lined with shelves displaying his treasured collection of books on art, music, architecture, spirituality, greek literature and hundreds of cd's and vintage vinyl recordings. His collection of guitars were propped all around, welcoming me with their comforting, woody smell. His desk was filled with notes and diaries, Christmas cards he'd received, Christmas cards he'd been writing.
At the very top of the many piles lay a lone sheet with a few lines in his distinct, arty penmanship.

I picked up the paper and read:

A Guest At God's Table

We are all visitors here, on Planet Earth
All guests at God's Table
We have to ask ourselves,
what have we brought to the table to share
what are the many gifts given to us
and what will we leave behind, in gratitude
for the hospitality,
and for the guests that follow us

December 2004

This was likely the last thing he had ever composed.

My father was now a Guest at God's Table.

What a beautiful gift.

It was like it was meant for me to find it, right there, right then. It warmed my heart and soul like a loving, comforting embrace.
Dad's message to me. Dad's message to us all. Our presence here on this lovely planet of ours is transient, we are not here forever, we are merely guests. The gifts given to us are our talents and our strenghts. My father's gifts were his kindness and his musical talent, and that is what he is most remembered for.

We all have gifts, we all have talents. What we need to do is be brave enough to open our hearts to them, accept them, use them and share them. 

What are your special gifts? Have you acknowledged them? Are you using them? Everybody has something special and unique about them, and that includes you, yes, YOU! Are you creative? A good listener? A nurturing cook? A loyal friend? An inspiring teacher? Do you express yourself through the written word? Do you move people with your music? Does your beautiful smile make someone's day? Your gifts and talents have a flow-on effect which in turn touches many lives, more than you'd realize.

So go on, Live your life doing what you Love. Make it count. Life is precious.

*This is a song my father composed when I was a young girl. Moved by scenes of famine and war in the Middle East, he felt compelled to write a song dedicated to the world's children, instead of asking for toys at Christmas, to wish for a Peaceful Earth. It is sung in Greek, but as music is a Universal Language, the sentiment is there.


Gemma @ My Big Nutshell said...

Absolutely stunning Jess. What a deep man your father sounds. How beautiful for you to find this composition by him. So much wisdom.

Thinking of you dear Jess. Love gemma.

Deb @ Bright & Precious said...

Oh Jess! I am in tears. What a beautiful poem. What a wise and talented man he was. Bless you as you remember your dad this Christmas.

And what an inspiring post from you. Such lovely words. I look forward to watching the video when I get to a computer that I can play it on (I'm not at home). Thank you for sharing. xx

Angela ~ Yes, Dear! said...

Your Father IS amazing xxx To share a piece of him with the world ... a beautiful gift. Merry Christmas Jess and may your be family be blessed today, tomorrow and forever xxx I am looking forward to sharing 2012 with you xxx

Debbie @ Aspiring Mum said...

What a beautiful legacy your Dad left. This time of year must bring a sense of sadness and loss, but also wonderful memories of such an inspiring and talented person who truly left his mark. Have a wonderful Christmas.

MsMidge said...

That was just so lovely Jess. Merry Christmas x

Julija Art said...

I cried...your dad is amazing, and so are you! thank you for sharing this and reminding me what life is about xxx

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