“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” – A.G.
Father daughter relationships are a precious and beautiful gift from the Lord… and yet sadly, something that is almost nonexistent in our world today.
Fellowship and friendship between fathers and daughters should not be a mindset that we “put on when we wake up in the morning” and “take off” at the end of the day. It’s a lifestyle that God intended – something that should not just survive, but thrive – in every family.
Yesterday evening the fathers and daughters from our church gathered in our home, to fellowship, bless each other, and be exhorted in the Lord. There were letters and blessings exchanged between each family… and a special time of sharing from Scripture.
The daughters were challenged to submit themselves graciously under the authority of their fathers, and to remain pure and protected, not “going out to see the daughters of the land” as was discussed in the story of Dinah. We talked about how the “daughters of the land” applies to various forms of relationships, entertainment, and hobbies/activities in our society today, and were encouraged to fear the Lord in wisdom.
Some of our other family members worked in the kitchen throughout the evening, cooking, serving, and making the event a beautiful, special time.
The evening was a refreshing and encouraging time… and a sweet reminder that the relationships we enjoy as fathers and daughters is something that we should not take for granted. It is a precious gift from the Lord that requires nurture and care. It takes diligent work on all sides. It requires fathers loving their daughters and daughters respecting their fathers.
We were challenged and exhorted, blessed and refreshed… the evening was a special time of fellowship, of bonding, and of growing closer to the Lord and each other. We are grateful for the fathers and daughters around use who have committed to building their relationships in a God-honoring way.