Our Heavenly Father,
Please bless all the fathers in the world. Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children. Help them to be a father like You are. Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
We glean so much from our earthly fathers, don’t we? As children we watch their mannerisms and pick up on the habits and traits they hold dear – and sometimes make them our own.
My dad had a very rigid work schedule. He was the boss and had to be a shining example of punctuality. I remember every morning before he left the house, he would say… WATCH, WALLET, GLASSES. Those were the 3 things he wanted to make sure he took with him! Now that I’m – um… shall we say, more mature… guess what I do???
Before I leave the house, I say, WATCH, PURSE, GLASSES. I hear you laughing at me… quit it. LOL!
Children are watching and taking mental notes. Don’t ever think they are not paying attention. When God gives you the privilege of becoming a parent, it comes with so much responsibility. It’s wrapped up in love and joy – but ultimately it’s a lot of responsibility.
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! – Lydia M. Child
What a blessing when there is plenty of support from family and friends because it really does take a village to raise a child in this day and age. Raising a child to love the Lord and learn His ways is the goal of Christian parents. Our Heavenly Father gives us the wisdom and insight to navigate through life as our earthly father teaches us life lessons as we grow up.
We may not shower him with praise nor mention his name in song, and sometimes it seems that we forget the joy he spreads as he goes along, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t know the wonderful role that he has had. And away down deep in every heart there’s a place that is just for dad. – Unknown
As children grow, we see not only physical maturity, but spiritual maturity too. Between the lessons learned from their earthly father and Heavenly Father, a great balance is seen. It’s what makes us smile and thank God for His influence in their lives. We begin with the simple message… Yes, Jesus loves me… the Bible tells me so! We pray they accept His love and make a decision to love Him back and honor Him with their lives.
Lucinda and I had such fun writing this poem about the influence our earthly fathers had on us and the awesome influence our Heavenly Father continues to have on us.
Have a wonderful Father’s Day! 🙂