Honor Those Worthy of Honor

Honor your father… (Exodus 20:12)
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor. (Proverbs 21:21)
 Her hair was up in a pony tail. At last, the teacher called her name,
 Her dress was tied with a bow. and all turned round to stare.
 Today was “Daddy’s Day” at school, Each of them was looking
 and she couldn’t wait to go. for a man who wasn’t there.
 But her mother tried to tell her, “Where’s her daddy at?”
 “You probably should stay home. one student then called out.
 The kids won’t understand “I bet she doesn’t have one,”
 if you come to school alone.” another dared to shout.
 The little girl just said, “Let’s go!” From somewhere near the back,
 She knew just what to say she heard a daddy say,
 and how to tell her classmates “Looks like another deadbeat dad
 why he wasn’t there today. was too busy to come today.”
 So, the little girl went on to school The words did not upset her,
 ready to tell them all and she smiled at her mom.
 about a dad she doesn’t see, She looked back at her teacher,
 a dad who doesn’t call. who told her, “Please, go on.”
 In the classroom, daddies stood in back “My daddy couldn’t be here.
 while the teacher called, one by one, He lives so far away.
 each student to introduce their dad I know he’d want to be here
 and tell what he had done. on this very special day.
“And, though you cannot meet him, “But sometimes, when I close my eyes,
I want you all to know it’s like he’s not away.”
 some things about my daddy Then she did close both her eyes…
and how he loved me so. and she saw him there that day.
“He loved to tell me stories; And to her mom’s amazement,
taught me how to read and write. she witnessed with surprise
He surprised me with pink roses; a room of daddies and their children
taught me how to fly a kite. begin to close their eyes.
“We used to share fudge sundaes Who knows exactly what they saw
and ice cream on a cone. or what they felt inside.
And, though you cannot see him, Perhaps for just a moment
I know I’m not alone. they saw him at her side.
“My daddy’s always with me, “I know you’re with me, Daddy!”
although we are apart. in the silence she called out.
I know because he told me, What happened next filled with belief
‘I’m forever in your heart.’” those who had felt doubt.
With that, her little hand reached up No one in that room could explain,
and lay across her chest. for all eyes had been closed,
Her fingers felt her heartbeat but there on the desk beside her
beneath her favorite dress. lay one pink, long-stemmed rose.
“I love my daddy very much. In that moment, a child was blessed
He is my shining star. by the love of her shining star,
If he could, he’d be here now, for she received the promise:
but heaven’s just too far. Heaven is never too far.
“He was a U.S. soldier.
He died just this past year.
A bomb blew up his Army jeep.”
And then she shed one tear.
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At the end of the month of May, we honor those who serve and have served in our nation’s Armed Forces. In the middle of the month of June, we honor those who serve and have served as fathers and father- figures.

May we honor those worthy of honor.

Beside you in the journey of faith,
Rev. Barbara Rev. Barbara