Friday, October 14, 2011
These are my parents.
The beaming, lovely one in blue is my Mum. The dashing one with the mischievous smile is my Dad.
I always thought him very handsome despite his receding hairline and forever evolving mustache/goatee/beard combinations. In my opinion he fit the (moderately)tall, dark and handsome bill to a tee.
Deliberate, a thinker, quiet yet funny. Two of the main things I remember about him was his dry humor and belly laugh. His puns, play on words and "Far Side" way of thinking made life more fun.
He was the kind of dad that loved to dote on his kid. There wasn't much he enjoyed more than getting me my favorite treats or taking me out horseback riding, swimming etc.
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I'm writing about Dad because I kind of miss him right now. I miss the cool things about him that made him amazing. The "daddy-role" has been vacant for quite a few years now, but I still think of him and about dads in general. I love seeing Dad's interact with their kids. There is a special relationship there, like none other.
Dads are so important. They have incredible impact on our lives. I don't fully understand all a godly dad is to his kids, but I do know he gives a sense of protection and security. I do know he shows them a picture of God. I do know boys find a role model and girls find unconditional love.
Many don't have this because of divorce, death or the poor choices of the father himself. Many don't know what it is to have a father that loves, shelters and encourages them. Thankfully there is One who promises to be a "father to the fatherless" (Psalm 68:5).
If you're one of those who have never known what it means to have a father you trust and rely on, let me assure you... God is the Dad you've always wanted.