My dear daddy,
A spiritual father, who can find?
For his worth is far above gold.
The heart of his wife and children trusts in him.
He is a noble father that intents good and not evil for his family.
He rises while it is still night
And sows prayers for his household.
He girds himself with truth and dignity
and discerns the will of God.
He senses that his decisions are good;
The Lord grants Him peace within.
He extends his hands to the needy.
He is not afraid of what tomorrow holds, for his hope is in the Lord and God’s promises.
His household also follows his footsteps.
His wife is gracious and has attained honor.
Truthfulness and wisdom are his clothing, And he smiles at the future.
He opens his mouth with understanding and the sheep listen.
He watches and guides the path of his sons, lest they fall.
His sons bless and praise him for he is one who fears and acknowledges the Lord in all of his ways.
They praise him saying, “Well done, Daddy!”
The above tribute is written by George to his dad, C.M. John, on the occasion of his 65th birthday. This is very special not just because of the personal relationship, but we live in a world where fatherly figures or roles are disappearing at a faster pace. The social and political culture are also denigrating fathers and men in particular. May this timely writing be an encouragement and blessing to all men to rise to the God-given roles in family and churches.
C.M. John has been in full time ministry of the Lord for more than thirty years as a bible teacher, elder, speaker and writer. His most recent book is a commentary on the Pastoral Epistles. He is also the co-founder and a core team member of the Renew In Knowledge Ministry.
George John resides in Hawthorne, New Jersey with his wife Eirene and children Norah, Amelia, Daniel, and Gideon. He is in active fellowship with the believers in Elmwood Park Bible Chapel, New Jersey and serves as the Sunday School Principal. George is also a pharmacist by trade.
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