It was Thursday evening. The kids had just gone to bed and I descended the stairs to assume the seated posture in my favorite reading chair. I sat down, grabbed my book, but before I could read the first word I found my mind reflecting on the day. So many activities had taken place, so many words exchanged, but there was one word that I could not get out of my head. It brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes.
Earlier that day we had a celebration. Cupcakes were made. Presents were wrapped and unwrapped. Laughter and excitement had filled the air. It was a joyous occasion and it came around once a year. It was my eldest daughters birthday. And on that day I heard her say this word that was stuck in my head what seems like hundreds of times.
The effect of this word went in one ear and out the other most of those times. However, by the end of the day, the reality and weight of that word hit me like a ton of bricks. This word implies responsibility. This word shows a relationship. This word carries great value. That day I had heard my daughter call me “Daddy” or “Dad” multiple times. And when I sat in my chair that evening, in the quietness of my own mind and heart I felt the full weight of joy and responsibility that comes with that title – Daddy!
Those titles, those names do not just reveal my role, but they also reveal the needs of my daughters. That is why when I read just a few days later Dan Istvanik’s article, “Daddy to Dad to Father: A Daughter’s Needs” I knew I needed to share it.
Dan’s article is fantastic and was a much-needed reminder and challenge to me and whether you are a dad or not, I hope it reminds you not just of daughter’s needs, but how each one of us is ultimately children of an amazing Father who can meet every one of our needs.
Check out the article here and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.