It’s been four years since Chastity Patterson lost her beloved father figure—and just as she was finally preparing to let go of her grief, she got an astonishing text message out of the blue…
Jason Lignon passed away in 2015, and though he wasn’t her ‘biological’ dad, he had never missed a school dance or sporting event, and became a role model for her—and her friends—doling out love and advice.
“Blood could not make him any closer,” writes Patterson. “I’ve cried with him, told him everything, and even became very independent because he took the time to love me and show me what happiness looks like.”
Through four years of college, the 23-year-old has been texting Jason’s old phone number every day, sending him messages about her life, telling him about her challenges and troubles.
Finally the day came in October when she felt ready to let go. On eve of the fourth anniversary of his death, she texted him one last time recapping everything he’d missed—how she overcame cancer and graduated college.
After summing up her feelings, Patterson finally concluded her text by saying that she would always love and miss him—so imagine her surprise when she suddenly got a text message back.
It said: “Hi sweetheart, I am not your father, but I have been getting all your messages for the past 4 years. I look forward to your morning messages and nightly updates.
“My name is Brad and I lost my daughter in a car wreck August 2014 and your messages have kept me alive. When you text me, I know it’s a message from God.”
“I’m sorry you lost someone so close to you, but I have listened to you over the years and I have watched you grow—and go through more than anyone,” it continued. “I have wanted to text you back for years, but I didn’t want to break your heart.
“You are an extraordinary woman and I wish my daughter would have become the woman you are.”
“I’m sorry you have to go through this but if it makes it any better, I am very proud of you!”
Needless to say, Chastity was in awe of the response—and shared the messages on Facebook hoping that other grieving people might find peace from the serendipitous message reassuring her that everything was going to be alright.
“Today was my sign that everything is okay and I can let him rest!” she exclaimed.
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