Hats off to Dad on Father's Day!
A rock of strength to lean upon in times of joy or stress;
An understanding loyal soul,
A heart of tenderness,
A mind all wisdom,
Knowing how justice and love to blend:
A teacher, loving, patient, kind,
~ Unknown ~
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I remember the day I became "too old" to hold my dad's hand. . .
As a little girl I had no fear or reservations about holding daddy's hand,
it was as common as playing outside.
Feeling his strong hand over mine gave me, a little girl, the feeling of love,
the knowledge of being protected.
But then I grew older, I became a teenager and I worried what others my age would think.
Dad reached for my hand while walking in public and I quickly pulled it away.
His eyes showed the hurt, the hurt that went straight to his heart,
but he smiled instead and teased his "little girl" about growing up.
I wish I could rewind the years and go back to that moment I pulled away. . .
I would grab my dad's hand and hold on.
I would erase the hurt that shown from his eyes and instead replace the look with joy.
The silly teenager who did not know anything back then has learned that her dad
is one of the most important men in her life,
and that having his hand to hold means the world to her -
I love you, my dear dad, and I am blessed and honored to hold your hand :)
You have enriched my life with your never-ending love and wisdom.
I have and will continue to look up to you.
On Father's Day I also look up to my husband
who continues to have a godly influence upon my life.
He loves the Lord with all of his heart and that love pours out onto his family.
I admire his strength and integrity and smile at his funny antics and jokes.
I am thankful for him and love him with all of my heart.
Happy Father's Day!
May you have a blessed Lord's Day, my friends!
A son's first Hero,
A daughter's first Love.