When my husband and I first married, we had more time than money, so our gift-giving often consisted of poems and short stories we wrote for one another.
I guess old habits die hard, because we still fall back on handwritten gifts from time to time. Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I’d share one of the poems I wrote in bygone days to honor my sweet husband, and all godly fathers like him.
Proverbs 20:7 reads, “A righteous man, who walks in his integrity - how blessed are his children after him.” Isn’t that a beautiful picture? And it’s so true, too.
It’s true when your children are little, but still just as true when they’re grown. I’m grateful to have had such a father myself, and beyond grateful to have married a man that is this kind of father to our children.
The world would be a better place if more dads were mindful of the fact that their kids are always watching… and learning from them, for better or worse.
A Hero in the Making, by Jennifer Flanders
Our little one is watching -
Can’t you see it in his eyes?
How he brightens at the sight of you
With happy, wild surprise?
Yes, our little one is watching,
He sees everything you do,
And he’s mimicking your actions
Trying hard to be like you.
Our little one is listening -
He hears every word you say,
Perks up whenever he hears your voice,
No matter time of day.
Yes, our little one is listening.
And your words, they sink in deep.
They encourage and inspire him,
And echo in his sleep.
Our little one is following,
And he shadows every move,
Watching close for your reaction -
How he hopes that you’ll approve!
Yes, our little one is following -
And I thank the Lord above
For your wise and good example,
Your devotion and your love.
Our little one’s believing -
You’re a hero in his eyes,
And he knows that he can trust you
Like he knows the sun will rise.
Yes, our little one’s believing -
God protect his tender heart,
For he’ll view his Heavenly Father
As he’s seen you from the start.
To read more from Jennifer Flanders, visit http://www.flandersfamily.info