Every night before bed, my wife and I read to our son. One of his favorite books, is “Thank You God for Daddy,” by Amy Parker.
The book revolves around a little lion cub who thanks God for his wonderful daddy—a daddy who gives hugs and piggy back rides, scares monsters away, takes care of him, and most importantly, offers love, guidance, and encouragement.
The central theme is celebrating all that dads do.
As I prepare to celebrate my second Father’s Day on Sunday, I want to thank the ultimate Father for blessing me with the gift of fatherhood – and to follow in the steps of the book, celebrate His unconditional love and wisdom.
The Bible tells us repeatedly how all children are a gift from God. The Almighty knows that children can bring us closer to Him and help grow our Christian character. In my short time as a parent, I’ve experienced this, and learned that a family can benefit when they follow the wisdom found in the Bible.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. – 3 John :1:4
Once we’re done reading the book, we prepare to pray. Just recently, my son started to place his hands together when he hears the word “pray” – and he does it with a huge smile on his face. While he may not understand the concept of prayer just yet, his smiling face is a constant reminder of the glory of God, and the joy that prayer carries with it. When I see his smiling face, I begin to smile, and can feel the Lord smiling down on us, as we teach our son, as a family, about Him.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
As my wife and I continue to teach our son the power of prayer, and the importance of His promises, the Father is continually teaching us as well. And for that, we are forever grateful. Thank you, God!