Father’s Day 2021
Happy Father’s Day! Someday I look forward to meeting my greatest hero, my Heavenly Father. If you are a father, don’t ever underestimate the influence you have on your children and how your relationship with Jesus can make a lasting impression on them. I miss my Dad. He was my hero. He’s been with Jesus almost 7 years now but I will always remember his strong hands. Those same hands were there when I married my other hero and the father to our three children. This poem by Mary Fairchild focuses on her father’s strong hands to illustrate his character and express how much he has meant to her life. I hope this describes your earthly father, too, but if not, remember you have a Heavenly Father Who Loves you just as you are.
“Dad's hands were king-size and strong. With his hands, he built our home and fixed all the broken things. Dad's hands gave generously, served humbly, and loved mom tenderly, unselfishly, completely, unendingly. With his hand, Dad held me when I was small, steadied me when I stumbled, and guided me in the right direction. When I needed help, I could always count on Dad's hands. Sometimes Dad's hands corrected me, disciplined me, shielded me, rescued me. Dad's hands protected me. Dad's hand held mine when he walked me down the aisle. His hand gave me to my forever love, who, not surprisingly, is very much like Dad. Dad's hands were the instruments of his great big, rugged-tender heart. Dad's hands were strength. Dad's hands were love. With his hands he praised God. And he prayed to the Father with those big hands. Dad's hands. They were like Jesus' hands to me.”
Deuteronomy 6:2, 5-7 – “That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." Proverbs 20:7 - “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” Proverbs 23:24 - “The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.” Proverbs 3:11-12 – “My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” 3John 1:4 - “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
Today's Song: "Daddy's Hands"
Artists: Holly Dunn, Dolly Parton / Writer: Holly Dunn
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