Dad... I"ll See You Again One Day Soon Part 5
What About Me Makes You Proud?
This Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The pastor did a great job with the Father’s Day message. The content of his sermon centered on Abraham and Isaac. The pastor asked the congregation to think of a time when your father made a significant impact on you? The pastor drew me when he said what would your reaction be if Isaac said “Let me tell you about the time my dad tried to kill me?”
The sermon made me stop and think about the impact that my dad has had on me. I was also struck by the video clip that was shown before the sermon. In the video there were children of all ages standing face to face with their dad with the question “What about me makes you proud?” The children got to answer the question and then the dads got to hear responses from their dads. What a powerful moment.
I was so glad to be able to answer this question with absolute certainty. I left home at an early age due to circumstances beyond my control. Upon leaving home, my dad looked at me with tears in his eyes and told me that he was sorry that I was leaving. He told me that he was proud of the man that I had become. He stuffed an envelope in my pocket as I was leaving after he gave me a huge hug.
I would later read a card that was in scripted with the words with Pride in you my son! I love you and know you’ll make your mark on this world. Love, Dad! Dad had tucked a hundred dollar bill inside my card. I still have the card and the hundred dollar bill dad gave me in my safety deposit box. That would be the last time I would ever see or hear from my dad.
I was floored. My dad was tenderhearted but he was never emotional. He loved my mother and although she was strong willed and somewhat domineering Dad loved my mother desperately. That was evident because my dad would pass away from lung cancer years later and my mother would follow him ten months later.
To those men who are fortunate to be dads- please speak affirmations and blessings over your children no matter how old. Men have a hard time speaking emotionally to people especially their children. This simple practice has the power to build courage, confidence and healing in a person’s life!
Dad, I love you and miss you so much! I can’t wait to see you again on the other side!