I have always looked up to my dad.
Specially as a child when my family and I retreated every winter to find summer at the beach. I always knew, when the sun beams made everything turn to gold that’s when we went out for a long walk by the shore to make the days last longer. Hopping and jumping behind my parents’ shadows, my tiny feet looked for the big footprints to follow. Those would keep my feet in solid ground (or sand). From time to time I would get confused and start following someone else’s footprints on the sand and would eventually end up going straight to the water.
Here I am 20 years later playing the same game. Following after my dad because I know he is following our Heavenly Father.
Walking by the sea shore, following on my dad’s footsteps, without a care in the world.
Note: Some family traditions are fun to keep. 🙂
And so this is my prayer for my dad and for my brother. For the men in my family. For those I have come to admire. Men who have made an impact in my life. For the men at my church, for those in my community, men who have had their families for decades and know that it’s not always easy to lead like Christ, for men who are new in this role, for men who are yet to become fathers and husbands, for men who have gone through hard times and know they are weak but found strength in Christ.
Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commandments!
2 His offspring will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
who conducts his affairs with justice.
6 For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
7 He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
9 He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn is exalted in honor.
10 The wicked man sees it and is angry;
he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
the desire of the wicked will perish!