I'm glad you asked.
I am aware that the gift I received is rare and should be cherished.
I am aware that the gift I received is what many would dream of.
I am aware that the gift I received should not be flaunted in front of others who did not receive it.
I do, however, want to take a minute to express my gratefulness for what my life has become because a man in my life chose the high road time and time again and allowed the Lord to guide his life in the big and the small things.
I grew up and I watched my father love my mother well, which is one of my first and most tangible examples of how Christ loves the church. He sacrificially gave of his time, money, attention, and resources to her and to all three of us without hesitation; he stewarded it all responsibly so as to set a good example. He never failed to attend my many dance recitals - and never came without a bouquet of roses and a big hug when I walked out at the end.
I never wondered if I was a treasure. I never wondered if I was cherished.
I felt safe, secure, and loved.
I was walked down the aisle by the man who showed me Christ in my younger years to the man who now shows me Christ on a daily basis in my married life. If that isn't the most beautiful gift, then I just don't know what is.
[As you can see, I started every sentence above with "I". That is what sacrificial love allows the beloved to do.. feel completely free and confident in that love and in themselves.]
I know there are plenty of girls out there who have only dreamed of having such an experience. My father was a complete gift from God, and I want you to know that I do not take it for granted. I also would say to those girls that you have a Father in Heaven who longs to shower you with this sacrificial love, and even more! He is more perfect than any dad could ever dream to be.
Thankfully there are men who choose, like my daddy, to follow Christ and give of themselves completely in service to others. This allows us to have hope and a glimpse of what our Heavenly Father is like.
Dad, thank you. I love you more than words. Happy Father's Day!
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