My dad is gone, the thought brings tears just to write his name. Mark Whitehead Presley, Sr. was a great man.
Last night was a tough night. The five children and my mom sat around the room and shared memories of our father, as the he journeyed to meet God. It is like a dream. I feel like I am going to wake up and my dad will be there calling me a dorky son. My dad is in a better place. He has left our hands to join God hand in hand in heaven, but he has not left our hearts.
We came back to our house on Cape Cod at 5am to be greeted by one of the best sunrises I have witnessed. It has been pouring here for 4 days, and then when he is finally gone the sun comes out to warm our souls. We do not know what the days ahead will hold, but we know we leave the Cape this year are changed not by what we witnessed, but by what God has brought us through.
If you never knew my dad you missed out. A man once told me that my dad never met a stranger, another said he was never without a smile. He was a man that left you with a memory at each meeting. He served in so many ways. He was a dad, a friend, a mentor, a husband, a friend, a teacher, and a follower of Christ. The fact that hundreds of you have let us know how he changed you is testimony to his life. His personality was larger than life, yet his heart was overflowing personally into each relationship. He will be missed, but he will be remembered by even more. His impact will not just be felt this week but for generations to come. We are all better people because he was and will continue to be part of our lives.
We are going to hold a small service on the beach at Sagamore beach here in Cape Cod. This was one of his favorite places and it is fitting to say goodbye here before we move on. If you are close to saggy beach and would like to say goodbye with us, the service will be at Sunday at 7pm. Even if you can’t make it here we could use your prayers as we give our dad the honor he more than deserves. We will also hold a larger memorial service next Saturday in McKinney, Texas. We will send out information via this blog and all are invited. Please keep us in your prayers as we pack up our belongings and head home for the summer with out one less family member, but hearts overflowing with memories of my dad. This is not the end it is only the next chapter. That is how he would want it, not to give up but to press on towards the Father.