Godly parents and their children

In anticipation of Father’s Day, which occurs on the third Sunday in June, the Verse of the Day for June 15, 2017 is taken from Proverbs 23:24 in the Message Bible:

[Buy Wisdom, Education, Insight ] [16] Listen with respect to the father who raised you, and when your mother grows old, don’t neglect her. Buy truth—don’t sell it for love or money; buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight. Parents rejoice when their children turn out well; wise children become proud parents. So make your father happy! Make your mother proud!

Here is how the New Living Translation puts it:

Proverbs 23:23-25

23 Get the truth and never sell it;
also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.
24 The father of godly children has cause for joy.
What a pleasure to have children who are wise.
25 So give your father and mother joy!
May she who gave you birth be happy.

The relationship between godly parents and their godly offspring is one of mutual joy, deep satisfaction, and utmost pleasure. Children seek to bring a smile to their parents’ faces, as they yearn to hear parents express some variation of these affirming words, “I am so proud of you.” Similarly, Jesus Christ in his relationship with his heavenly Father, seeks to please Him, “. . . to do the will of Him who sent Me and to completely finish His work.” As the Lord is embarking upon the final phase of his ministry on earth, a voice from heaven speaks, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased and delighted!” (Matthew 6:13—Amplified Bible).

This discussion occurring prior to Father’s Day brings to mind a conversation I had with my father a number of years before his passing in 1996. The situation inspired the following poem which captures the essence of what the Verse of the Day is attempting to convey:

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

There was a time when I would stretch my mind,
Make a list and try to think of the perfect gift,
As we approached Father’s Day, the third Sunday in June.
Now let me see what will it be?
I know. . . a portable radio. . .
What about a shirt—extra-large—to fit?
Pajamas, house shoes, another Dopp kit?
Each year I would really try, as I resolved:
No more cologne—not another tie!
One year I ran out of ideas, and so I asked,
“Dad, what do you want for Father’s Day?”
He thought awhile and in his own quiet way,
He smiled and had this to say:
“Just between me and you,
Here’s what you can do.
Just keep me proud of you.
Son, just keep me proud of you.”

Now when my daughters ask,
What can they get me for Father’s Day,
I fondly remember, and I smile and say,
“The words of your Grandpa are still true.
As he said to me, so I say to you:
‘Just between me and you,
Here’s what you can do.
Just keep me proud of you.
Girls, just keep me proud of you.”

We close with “Just to Please You Father” by Fighting Instinct:

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