“Read With Dad”


I’ve been a note-er forever, and one of my favorite places to take and make notes is my Bible.  When I come across sacred tidbits, I leave behind notes on the side margins of the pages.  I underline also!  And highlight! And use sticky notes too.  These notes are little oasis that succor me with special nourishment when God and I are one.

My dad and I shared our Bible reading over the phone for years when he lived in Ohio and I in Michigan.  Our favorite devotional, Our Daily Bread, was read, the topic discussed, then we closed in prayer to end the day.  After saying “Good Night, Dad” I would hang up the phone and mark the scripture we shared with a little note, “_/_/_, read with Dad.” 

Dad passed on three years ago and sadly we weren’t able to share deeply for many years before that, as Alzheimer’s disease slowly robbed him of his ability to converse.


 As I continue to read and study my Bible today,  what joy and warmth flood my heart whenever I come across a verse with the old familiar marking,  “…read with Dad.”

I wonder if somewhere in that holy realm above is….  




I think I hear him …


“Good night, Dad!”


8 comments on ““Read With Dad”

  1. Beautiful… The last time I was with my Dad (while he was alert), I led him in the Lord’s prayer. He prayed silently yet I know he was in worship. My Dad would have turned 99 on September 24th and your post is like an early remembrance. Thanks, “Sis.”

    • Another close match, Sis! Dad was 94 when he died in ’08. It was a slow agonizing departure, over a span of nine years. He gave life his best shot and reported for duty among the people. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Dicky says:

    Very heart-warming.

  4. What a lovely reminder of your time with your dad. I wrote a small volume of conversations my dad and I before he died. I was so lucky, in a sense, that he had all his mental capacity, and yet he felt all the pain of dying with cancer.

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