On Jon’s first Father’s Day, when I was still pregnant with our first baby, I gave him a book. The book was called Daddy Promises, and it is one of the most beautifully-written children’s books I have ever read. It is about all of the promises that dads make to their children, and how that connects to the promises that God the Father has made to us, His children.
The first time I read the book I cried, and I still cry tears of joy when I re-read it. I know that my husband is demonstrating God’s love to our boys through his forgiveness and grace and bedtime wrestles. He is an amazing dad–the best dad I could have picked for my kids. The other thing I think about when I read this book is my dad–the best dad I could have picked for me.
My dad is a rockstar father. He has loved me unconditionally, prayed for me unceasingly, and supported me through my most difficult times. I even remember one time that he drove up to my house, an hour away, one night just to be with me after I’d had particularly rough day at work. The time, the distance didn’t matter–he just wanted to be there for me. When I was in labor at the birth center, the hospital, wherever they took me–he was there, up all day…then all night…then all the next day in the cramped little waiting room, patiently waiting and praying for me and my baby. He is a model of Christ-like love, and he has lived out so many of God’s promises for me.
In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, I have a few promises of my own that I want to share with my dad–my daughter promises.
I promise to stay true to the path you have set me on. That even when I wander (and maybe do crazy things like pierce my belly button) I will remember the way you have taught me, so that “even when I am old I will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
I promise to walk in faith, and to trust the One who is leading me, even when you are not there.
I promise to live in the peace of Christ that you have taught me. That I will not let worry consume me or doubts take away my joy.
I promise to be persevere. I have always thought that our mutual perseverance (stubbornness?) is our best trait!
I promise to keep healthy and active. Otherwise I won’t be able to keep up with you when you’re running marathons in your 60’s and beyond.
I promise to maintain the magic of childhood for my kids, the same way you did for me. Right now I’m working on mastering the whole “pulling off my thumb” trick.
I promise to pray for you, just as you have always done for me.
I promise to teach my children proper anatomy, starting with the pectoralis.
I promise to love my boys the same way you love your girls: unconditional, unceasing, unrelenting parental love.
I promise to love you forever and always.
To all of the amazing dads out there, Happy Father’s Day! The world would not be the same without you.