A Letter to My Son, Joshua Dyczewski (10/13/1982 – 4/15/2019)

| Community | May 2, 2019

By Thomas Jefferson X

The pain in my heart would be too much to bear, if not for the joy of knowing you are with the Savior.

I am not ready to say goodbye.

Mom always said you were the perfect child; you were. I can’t imagine a better example for your brothers and your sons to follow. Your love, compassion and caring for others was a true example of Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition. But, in humility value others above yourself.” You did.

I am not ready to say goodbye.


There are times I ask God, “Am I having an impact on anyone’s life for Your kingdom? Am I helping to bring anyone closer to You?

My son, I know that while your life was short, your faith in the Savior, your walk with the Lord, will be remembered. You will never know what lives will be changed because of you.

I am not ready to say goodbye.

Josh, I wish I could give you one more hug.

I wish I could tell you I love you one more time.

I am not ready to say goodbye.

I know you are in Heaven now. I know you are with the Lord. I know you are with Jesus. I know you are finally Home. I know I am being selfish wanting you here. OK, I get it, I give in, I will say goodbye.

But only for 20 or 30 years or so. Then, I expect you will be there to greet me. Give me a hug and tell me you love me.

In the meantime, I do not want to miss the opportunity to tell your family and mine how much I love them. So, Josh, this day, I make a promise to you. That I will do the best I can to show my love: to Mom, Sean, Scott, Justin, Nicole, Levi, Christina, Jaron and Timmy. Because you never know if you will get a chance to say goodbye.

Goodbye, my Joshua. I love you. I miss you. You are Home.

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