God fathers lead their children to the cross.
They help them to count the cost.
They do their best to discipline without anger.
They open the pages of the Word and say, "See here."
God fathers speak openly of Jesus.
They tell their children that He is coming soon.
They teach them to put their hope in Him.
They fall on their knees beside their beds and surrender their wills to Christ.
God fathers tug on their daughters' pony tails.
Tell them to stand straight and tall.
Tell them that their souls are beautiful.
That their smiles are lovely to behold.
God fathers teach their sons the value of a good wife.
They model hard work and faithfulness.
Even unto frailty. Even unto death.
They live with integrity.
They rise early to greet the Son and to open the Word.
They spend their lives clinging to their hope in Him.
They etch the Name above all Names upon the hearts of their children.
These good fathers.
In honor of Mr. Fowler and Mr. Sheldrup for raising God daughters who have blessed and shaped my life all the more into the likeness of Jesus Christ.