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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Men in Training

To all the amazing Fathers.
And especially to those in my life...

We have four sons.
From the time they were born, my Husby taught them to honour women.
His approximate words?
“In the creation process, Heavenly Father made the earth and everything on it. With each day, the things He made were more and more beautiful. His final, greatest creation? Woman. How are you going to treat God's greatest creation?”
He also told them that their Father would find someone very special for them to marry.
But they had to pray for her now.
All of them took his teachings to heart.
They treat women – all women - with a kindness and respect that is, unfortunately, seldom seen in the modern world.
Even as small boys, they were gentlemen.
And they did pray.
When our third son, Duff, was eight, his Sunday School teacher asked her class of seven boys if they prayed.
Each of them nodded.
She handed out pieces of paper and pencils.
“I want you to write down the things that you pray for,” she said.
Dutifully, the boys took their pieces of paper and began to make a list.
When they had finished, their teacher gathered them up and glanced through them.
I should probably note here that the first Nintendo play system was just new.
And wonderful.
And greatly sought after.
Certainly by the small boys in this class.
Back to my story . . .
At the head of every list, each of them had carefully recorded, 'Nintendo'.
Except for one.
At the top of one little eight-year-old boy's list was, 'wife'.
Our son's.
His teacher stared at it.
Then she looked at Duff.
“You're praying for a wife?” she asked, somewhat sceptically.
“Dad told us if we started praying now, we would get someone special,” Duff told her. “Like he did.”
With tears in her eyes, the teacher told us the story.
And brought tears to mine.
I had heard my Husby teaching our children.
But it was at that moment that I realized just what he was teaching them.
And that they were learning it.

7 comments:

  1. Not in the slightest bit surprised that eyes leaked.
    How lovely to know that such an important message has been retained.

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  2. Truly, truly beautiful. You have much to be proud of today.

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  3. Ahhhh, so very touching, Diane.

    Happy Father's Day to your husby and sons and sons-in-law.

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  4. Does this mean Caitlin was praying for a husband from a young age?
    She always tells me that she doesn't know how she wound up with me...

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  5. That is beautiful Diane. Your husband is a special gentleman and your sons are following in his footsteps.

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  6. I like your writing style genuinely loving this web site.

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