Jim Taylor September 6 at 9:07am
I do not feel that my wife and I have made a sacrifice. The hardest part of leaving the USA for me was not selling our stuff or leaving the Church we had pastored for 20 years or even leaving our kids and grandkids It was leaving my Dad in a Nursing Home. That was a tough one for me. He has Alzheimer’s .. some days he did not know who I was .. but it was emotionally a tough one.
The last time I saw him he was asleep. I sat by his bed and prayed that in his dreams he was a young boy again, running the hills on the ranch where he (and I) grew up.
At one point he woke up slightly, looked at me and asked “what’s up?” I said, Nothing Pop. I am just gonna take your picture. and he went back to sleep.
When I got ready to leave he roused and told me if I needed some money to just take whatever he had. I thanked him and told him I was going. He said in a very clear voice, “The Lord bless you and use you mightily, Jim.” Then he went back to sleep.
I hate crying in front of the nurses so I got out quickly .. but I know it was a Father’s Blessing!
That was the last time I saw him. He is 88. I may never see him again on this earth. That was the toughest part.
The rest is nothing. I do not feel as if we have made any sacrifices. I feel privileged that God would allow me to live in such a beautiful place among such a beautiful people.
I think you will understand what I am saying. Not everyone does.