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Father to Father to Father

A Father’s Day Limerick

At this time of year I’m not sure what to say,
A time to honor dads in a special way.
So I think really hard
End up buying a card,
All just to say “Happy Father’s Day!”

I wrote that limerick for my father inside his Father’s Day card. It’s hard to know what to say to my father every year on this day. My father is a good man. He always took care of the family and put us first. He still works hard today and looks out for others.

He’s the guy amongst family and friends who people go to for help. He is always doing favors for people so he always has plenty of people ready to do favors for him. He knows and gets along with everyone. Thankfully, those traits were present in the home too. It was not some outward act for others to praise. My father truly is a self-less caring man.

He taught me a lot by the example of his life. I just hope I can continue in his footsteps in these areas.

If you asked my wife she would tell you the same about me. Although I try, she won’t let me disagree. But I know my shortcomings. I see them in my parenting. Sometimes I have to repent to my daughter. I explain to her that whatever I did was not proper for a Christian man, especially, a father.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 ESV)

The more I understand God’s holiness the more I see my sin. The more I understand what God expects of me as a father and head of my home the more I see my sin. The more I see my sin the greater I understand the grace of God the Father that is found in God the Son, Jesus Christ.

My heavenly Father continues to put up with and forgive my sins through the cross.  How much better do I know and understand as an adult, yet I still sin before God? This is what I desire to model in my home for my family. I pray for the grace that God has shown me in my shortfalls to come through in my parenting.

Heavenly Father, thank You for my earthly father. Thank You for the privledge of being a father myself to such a wonderful daughter. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus so that I may believe in Him and have a right relationship with You. I pray the same for my father.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 ESV)

Happy Father’s Day!

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The above article was posted on June 20, 2010 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Coram Deo June 21, 2010 at 12:53 am

How about a Father’s Day haiku to go with your Father’s Day limerick?

Heavenly Father,
I am your prodigal son;
lead me in The Way

In Christ,
CD

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