To All The Fathers
by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Co-coordinator
“Fifth Commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)
I asked my daughters if I could write the blog this week, because yesterday was Father's Day, and I have something important to say to the Father's in my life: THANK YOU!
First, I want to thank my own father who died Christmas Day, 1990. My dad was Jewish, and I had the privilege of leading him to his Messiah several years before his death. We were sitting at the kitchen table one morning, and I read Isaiah 9 to him. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” My dad went from darkness to light in that moment! How fitting that he died on the day we celebrate the fulfillment of that very verse. Thanks, Dad, for always being there for me and for loving me unconditionally. I love you!
Second, I want to thank my wonderful husband. When we got married in 1975, he became a husband to me and an instant father to my sweet little Stephanie, who was 6 years old then. He willingly took on that responsibility, despite the fact that his own father had not given him positive input for either the husband or the father roles. Then when our other two children, Joy and C.J., came along, his fathering skills grew along with the family. Thanks, Murph, for being my husband and such a wonderful father to our three children. I love you!
Third, I want to thank my two sons-in-law, or sons-in-love, as a very good friend used to say. I am so grateful to God for providing Eric for Stephanie and Zach for Joy. They are wonderful men who have not taken the responsibilities of being a husband or a father lightly. They (along with our daughters, of course!) have given us five beautiful grandchildren who call them “Daddy.” Thank you, Eric, and thank you, Zach, for being good husbands and good fathers to your children and my grandchildren. I love each of you!
I next want to thank each of the fathers who might be reading this blog for the job you do, as it is a most important job. You have the amazing responsibility and joy of molding your children into godly men and women. Proverbs 22:6 exhorts, “Train up your children in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.” Thank you, fathers. I appreciate each of you!
And finally, I would be negligent if I did not thank the Father who is above all fathers. The one who knows everything about us and still loves us. As Psalm 103:13-14 so beautifully states, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.” Thank you, Father. Without You, none of the other thank you's would be possible.