|Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and Rev. Robert Schuller. Orange Drive-In Theater/Church, June 30, 1957|
My dad is now is a care facility in Orange County, California and I get to see him often when I am in town. His cancer seems to be in some kind of remission although I have not had it confirmed. It really doesn't much matter because what is important to me is that he is happy and his attitude is great. He mentions my mother nearly every time I visit him so I have stopped confirming her death as it is too painful for him to deal with. I try to keep every conversation focused on the great times of the past.
I share some great memories with my father including our many times with Dr. and Mrs. Peale and their family; who Donna and I are still friends with today. Recollecting these and other times together gives Dad and I strength and hope.
Remember to practice "Reminiscent therapy" with your older parents, loved-ones, and friends. It will make all the difference.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV