On the Journey
By Rick Hamlin

Hold a Good Thought

“I’ll hold a good thought.” 

That was what Dad said when he promised to pray for anybody.  It was a way to remind himself and whoever he was talking to that there was much goodness in the turmoil of life and with prayer, a good thought could always be found.

He died early this morning at 4:30 a.m. California time.  In the end there wasn’t much struggle. I spent a lot of time at his bedside in the last few days.  I sang to him, songs that I hoped he heard and could enjoy, singing into his ear.  I held his hand, his grip like an infant’s on a mother’s finger at times.  I prayed prayers like the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm.  But most often my prayer for him was just “We love you, we love you, we love you.”

There will be a service this week out here in California.  We will talk about his many achievements, but what he was always proudest of was his family.  It is the treasure you leave behind.  I hope he heard those words whispered in his ear, but he knew he was loved.  In fact, the last words I heard him say, on my last visit home in January were: “Tell your wife that I am loved.”

I will hold that good thought.

Rick Hamlin is the executive editor of Guideposts magazine and the author of 10 Prayers You Can't Live Without. To learn more about the book and explore your own prayer journey, watch this video.

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i just read about your father's passing and am saddened with ydu in your loss but i am glad for your ability to allow the Lord to let this process be a helping agent for me and my family. I didn't have the type of father that you were blessed with and i really only know of about one or maybe two at the most men that personify that type of life in action. so it has helped me in a prayer that i have prayed and am praying. that God allows me to see and know real men, fathers and husbands that love their wives and families the way God does. I know this season will present its own set of challenges but i pray for your family, especially your mother. i pray that what your father has taught you and your family will truly be strengthened in this season and that the Holy Spirit will give increase the the seeds that your father has watered and planted over his lifetime. Thank you once again. your story also caused me to pray that my sons will come to grow and show that type of love to their children and be truly honorable, godly men.with the love of Christ i salute and bless you. Sonya, MSW, Mother Sonya Will

i just read about your father's passing and am saddened with ydu in your loss but i am glad for your ability to allow the Lord to let this process be a helping agent for me and my family. I didn't have the type of father that you were blessed with and i really only know of about one or maybe two at the most men that personify that type of life in action. so it has helped me in a prayer that i have prayed and am praying. that God allows me to see and know real men, fathers and husbands that love their wives and families the way God does. I know this season will present its own set of challenges but i pray for your family, especially your mother. i pray that what your father has taught you and your family will truly be strengthened in this season and that the Holy Spirit will give increase the the seeds that your father has watered and planted over his lifetime. Thank you once again. your story also caused me to pray that my sons will come to grow and show that type of love to their children and be truly honorable, godly men.with the love of Christ i salute and bless you. Sonya, MSW, Mother Sonya Will

Rick, I have gotten so fond of Your Father through Your blogs that I have tears of sympathy in my eyes as I find out that he has moved on to Heaven. You and Your Family will be ok. Just lean on God-our All Loving Heavenly Father. He is with Your Dad in Glory Land and He is with You to comfort You and give You the needed strength during this time. You will be with Your Dad again and You will be Praising God with Your Dad. Can You imagine what that will be like? It will be AMAZING. Think about the words to
"I Can Only Imagine". It was a real blessing to me 3 years ago when my Dad moved to Heaven. May God Bless You, Your Mom, and the rest of the family.
Sue Farrell, Laurel Hill, NC

Yes, that's what we wanted our dearest ones to know...that they are SO very, very loved!! Because that's all that truly matters in this life.

Blessings to you and your family, Rick. Know that YOU TOO are very loved as well.

sheryl & james (aka the Butcher Man)
Blanco, TX

I am so very sorry to learn of your father's passing. I enjoyed reading about your visits with him. He seemed to have been a wonderful man ... blessed with a loving family.

Caroline Coleman

Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of your father. We will be praying for peace and comfort for you and the family during this difficult time in your lives.

Sincerely,

Doug & Elaine Dillow
Bland, VA 24315