“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
(2 Corinthians 9:15)
The following story has been circulating around the internet for some time, but in case you missed it I wanted to share it. As the father of four daughters, it was very moving for me. As a father who knows how it feels to say a final good-bye to a daughter, it moved me to tears.
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I Wish You Enough
Recently I overheard a Father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, “I love you, and I wish you enough.”
The daughter replied, “Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.”
They kissed and the daughter left. The Father walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?"
"Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?"
"I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is - the next trip back will be for my funeral," he said.
"When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?”
He began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. "When we said, 'I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them."’ Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.
"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good- bye."
He began to cry and walked away.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them. Remember to tell your family and friends that you wish them enough!
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In this world of hurry up and get all you can, it is refreshing to hear a story that reminds us of the things that are truly important. Taking the time to realize that if we have the love of family and – most importantly – faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ, we have more than enough. We are blessed eternally. Is there someone in your life that you need to tell how much they mean to you? Now would be a perfect time to tell them.
And by the way, I wish you enough, too.
Dr. Sam Smith,