A very special day is coming this Sunday - Father's Day. God has blessed both me and my husband with godly dads. Both have set great examples before their children, on the way that God expects a family to function. They both love God, their wife and their children and it was evident in the way in which they interacted with the family. We have such a great debt of gratitude to them for being faithful to the Master's Plan.
When Mr. Plant Lady and I were married, we were going through some old photographs that each of us had brought into the marriage. As we were looking at the photos, I noticed one of a man standing next to a car with a small child standing on the car. It was a photo of my husband and his dad. Attached to the photo was a photocopy of an old newspaper clipping from the Washington Post on June 18, 1990 that was written by nationally syndicated columnist, Cal Thomas, entitled "Returns on father's investment." I immediately thought of a similar photo and clipping I had in my collection of photos that my husband had never seen.
After searching through the box of photos, I finally found mine. It was a photo of my daddy sitting next to a sleeping, little Plant Lady. I have always loved this photo of me and Daddy because it reminds me of how loved and safe I felt, sheltered in my daddy's watchful care, not unlike the way I feel under my Heavenly Father's watchful care. I also had saved a newspaper clipping from our local newspaper, but do not remember the date. It is entitled "First Love." I could not believe that both my husband and I had a "special" picture of our dads and had also attached such clippings with essentially like messages. But then I realized that this was a piece of the puzzle that God had crafted long before we were formed in our mothers' womb.
I have included the photos and the clippings with this post. Mr. Plant Lady's dad has gone on to be with the Lord, and my dad is 82 years old and still doing well. I thank God for allowing him to have his health and get around as well as he does. We both are truly blessed!
We are glad our dads "lived" the example of Christ before us and gave us a pattern with which to build our lives as a family. A Godly heritage is one of the most important things that can be passed on from generation to generation. Both Mr. Plant Lady and I hope you have a Happy Father's Day!
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