Last Wednesday, Glenn shared a poignant message on his Facebook page that explained he was “chasing the sun” as he flew from New York City to Washington state to join his siblings at his father’s bedside as he neared the end of his life. On Saturday, William “Bill” Beck passed away at the age of 86. On radio this morning, Glenn was back in Dallas, and he explained what the last few days have been like for him and his family.
While Glenn’s relationship with his dad had undergone quite an evolution over the years, he described his father as his “best friend.” The two men differed in “profoundly meaningful ways” – chief among them, their relationship with God. Glenn explained that when it came to faith, his father always kept an open mind, but he wasn’t sure what the end would bring.
“He told me once, ‘Son, I’ll keep an open mind, but I will tell you this: I don’t think there’s going to be angels that are going to come down and greet me,’” Glenn recalled. “I told him at the time, ‘I beg to differ with you, Dad.’”
The end of Bill’s life, however, was nothing short of a miracle.
“My father slipped in and out of unconsciousness for a while. He hadn’t said anything for a while. And then sat up in bed, looked up at the ceiling corner as if someone was there, and he said, ‘Yes. Okay. I understand. I’m ready. Take me with you.’ And he closed his eyes,” Glenn explained. “They weren’t just greeters. They were escorts. God lives. And it is all true.”
Ultimately, Glenn concluded this morning’s emotional reflection with words of gratitude.
“Thanks, Dad, for teaching me how to work; for not teaching me what to think but how to think,” he concluded. “And when you were dead tired, thank you for driving your boy to the radio station to pursue his dream.”
Watch Glenn’s moving tribute to his dad below: