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Repurposing

In my father’s piles and stacks and squirrel-aways of belongings were dozen of legal pads.  Boxes of ink pens. At least ten executive portofolios. Paper clips and gadgets and little staplers.

And a big stack of “From the desk of . . .” sheets.  5.5×8.5 inches. Unbound and unglued.

I grabbed the legal pads and the From the desk of . . .

am my father’s son after all.

A stack of my father’s note pages now sit on my desk at the office.

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Pop

My father, Richard Carter, is gone.  He died today at 7.37 p.m. of complications from acute myeloid leukemia. He was 82 years old.

At the end, his wife and I were at his bedside.  All was peaceful.  A few final breaths, and he was in the arms of his Savior.

I’ll share details of services and his obituary later, once plans are finalized.

My sisters and I are truly grateful for the outpouring of support for us this week.  An old high school friend said what so many others have said: “I want you to know that your dad (and mom) had a profound impact on my life as a youth and everything I do in ministry today, I know they get a little credit for. Your family has been a blessing in my life.”

My friend Ethan Edwards, who has seen more than one man’s share of loss and death this year, posted the other day on Facebook:

….finding ever more meaning in the ending words of The Bridge of San Luis Rey:

But soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.

Photos of my father from the last (nearly) 60 years–