Chastity Patterson lost her father four years ago and in an effort to keep the memory of him alive, she would text his number daily, sending updates on her life. Little did she know that someone was, in fact, receiving the messages.
On Oct. 25th, the day before the fourth anniversary of her father’s passing, Patterson sent one of her nightly texts detailing how her past year had been, “Hey Dad, it’s ME [sic],” Patterson 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.”
She went on to talk about how she had beaten cancer, graduated from college with honors and thought that her Dad would be so proud, “Of the women she’d become.”
Then, much to her amazement, she got a text back from a man named Brad who said, “Hi sweetheart, I am not your father, but I have been getting all your messages for the past 4 years.”
Brad then went on to tell her that he’d lost his daughter in a car wreck in August 2014 and that Patterson’s texts had, “Kept me alive.” He continued by saying, “When you text me, I know it’s a message from God.”
Brad then explained to Chastity why he’d taken so long to respond to her texts stating, “I have wanted to text you back for years, but I didn’t want to break your heart.”
He also encouraged Chastity and told her how God had used her to heal his broken heart. “You are an extraordinary woman and I wish my daughter would have become the woman you are, thank you for your everyday updates, you remind me that there is a God and it wasn’t my fault that my little girl is gone.”
Chastity took to Facebook to share this incredible story with friends and family stating, “I text my dad every day to let him know how my day goes, for the past four years! Today was my sign that everything is okay and I can let him rest!’”
Incredibly this heartwarming story has now gone viral having been shared over three-hundred thousand times and liked by over a hundred and fifty thousand people.