Woman Texted Her Father’s Number for 4 Years After His Death. Then She Gets a Response

By Nancy Flory Published on October 31, 2019

When we turn on our television or smart phones we are bombarded with news that brings us down. Where are all the good stories? They’re still there. Here’s one that we hope will bless you.

Four years ago Chastity Patterson of Newport, Arkansas, lost her father, but she kept texting his phone number to let him know how she was doing. This week she got a response.

The 23 year old texted her father’s phone number Thursday, the night before the anniversary of his death, Fox News reported. “Hey Dad it’s ME,” she wrote. “Tomorrow is going to be a tough day again! It’s been 4 years since I lost you and not a day goes by that I don’t miss you.”

To her shock a text came back. “Hi sweetheart, I am not your father, but I have been getting all your messages for the past 4 years,” he wrote. “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.”

Chastity talked about beating cancer and finishing college. “You would be so proud of the woman I have become. … I just wanted to say I love you and I really do miss you.” Brad wrote back that “Everything will be okay, you to [sic] push yourself everyday and shine the light God gave you. I’m sorry you have to go through this, but if it makes it any better, I am very proud of you!”

In a later post, Chastity wrote that the father she lost was not her biological father, but she called him dad. “Jason was not my ‘biological’ father, but blood could not make him any closer!”

“He never missed a school dance, prom, my games and YES he would give me long talks about my mouth and attitude. I had to introduce my boyfriends to him (If I was allowed to date) and he would act like a normal dad and give us the long talk,” Patterson wrote.

Chastity posted the now-viral text to Facebook. “I shared my messages for my friends and family to see that there is a God and it might take 4 years, but he shows up right on time!”


Nancy Flory is an associate editor at The Stream. You can follow her @NancyFlory3, and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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