The Storm

Last night I thought of you… like I always do.

I woke up to thunder and my thought immediately went to you… but why would that make me think of you?

I thought about how funny you were regarding the weather. You were like my little weather girl, you always knew the five day forecast. If this had been 3 months ago, I would have woken up to you sitting up in bed with nothing but the glow of your iPhone on your face checking the radar.

Instead, I woke up to a dark room and a feeling of being all alone.

I remember when you use to say, “what should we do?”, “where should we go?”, “I’m scared”, and you always were so worried about lightening hitting the fence or how you wouldn’t let me take showers when it was raining outside, and if it got really bad we would go into the closet.

So there we would be… sitting in the closet, you with your iPhone checking the radar to see when it would end and me with the flashlight in case the power went out.

We were there together… waiting out the storm.

Well, here we are in the middle of the worst storm imaginable… waiting it out.

Except, I can’t see you or take care of you…

I can’t check the radar to see when its going to end…

I can’t hide in the closet…

All I have is my flashlight.

I will hold on to it forever…

It gives me hope…

It gives me strength…

It gives me all I need while I wait out the storm.



5 responses to “The Storm

  • Debbie

    This might be one of my favorite posts so far. Incredibly beautiful.

  • Jim and Erin Morgan

    This is so sweet. We are praying for you daily and hope that one day, like Noah, you send out a dove and he comes back with a branch so that you’ll know that the waters have started to recede. Love you.

  • Ranae Pettijohn

    Cool story.

  • Linda Breault Showers

    Gabe… you have a gift. Thank you for giving it to us.

  • Razan

    Gabe, your love story touched me on such a deep level. It is amazing and rare to see love displayed in such a raw and pure form. You are truly a great man. The tears you brought me through your words have helped me realize so many things I should have seen clearer before. It’s heartbreaking to credit such a tragedy with enlightement, but that is exactly what has happened. Although in your day-to-day life, you may not see yourself as anyone but a father dealing with the sorrow of a lifetime, to people like me, you are an inspiration to continue to live life the way God intended us to live. You and your precious family are in my prayers, and I hope to continue to follow your family through life’s journey on this blog. God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving to you, your children and to your beautiful bride.

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