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My father, Bill McGee, passed away on May 31, 2017. He arrived at our house on Thanksgiving Day last fall, awaiting the birth of this granddaughter two weeks later and complaining of a strange rash that suddenly popped up on him. It took until March for him to be diagnosed with a rare type of lymphoma. By then, it had progressed too far, and despite enduring more physical suffering than I can even appreciate and trying so very hard to fight it, he accepted the reality of his condition, said his goodbyes to us all, and let things take their course. Bart, the kids, and I were back home for his passing and the funeral and have since returned home. In the meantime, I am slowly processing through what happened and adjusting to this new paradigm. Today I wanted to write about my dad, especially in time for a bittersweet Father’s Day, and honor his life and what he meant to me and those around him.

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Each year at Easter, I usually find myself pondering the road to the cross through a different perspective. The story of redemption is really so simple that even a child may come with faith and believe, yet the implications are so profoundly complex that theologians across the millennia have wrestled with these simple truths in awe. Up until this week, I didn’t really know where my thoughts were leading me this year, but the sermon at church this past Sunday sparked something in my brain that has stuck with me through the week, and it has turned out to be the significant message from Easter I’ve ponde this year.

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Do you ever feel that parts of your life are dead? I felt this way last year. We had just moved away from a place we’d lived for a long time. We didn’t know anybody here. We weren’t involved with anything. We were temporarily living in one location and had no idea where we would be in a few months. Other than working, which I came to DC specifically to do, and hanging out with Bart, my overall purpose in life seemed dead.

In reality, my life and purpose weren’t actually dead. This was just a Sabbath time in my life, one of rest and transition between the shape it took in Colorado and the new shape it was going to take in our new location. I learned a lot from it, and am still learning as I have the opportunity to challenge myself with new ministries, new relationships, new tasks, but in the midst of a barren time, life seemed dull and, well, lifeless.
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There are many ways I could wish you Merry Christmas on my blog. I could tell you about spending time with family. I could kvetch about not being in the Christmas spirit. I could share a silly photo of my dog in reindeer antlers (some of you have seen that gem on Facebook already). I could tell you about Christmas Eve traffic and rant about materialism and commercialism taking over the holidays. There are lots of things to say about Christmas, but there’s only one thing I really want to say.

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