3 John 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

Today’s Daily Manna is a bit more personal as this will be a travel day for us.

This weekend, our one, and only daughter will be getting married.

The preparations have been madea, and we believe all is in place for our guests to enjoy this celebration. Our hearts are filled with joy and expectation as we head to our destination.

This proud Daddy’s heart is very mixed. Joy because I know that the man she is marrying has not only met the mark but, exceeded it. He is not the Prince Charming that road in on his bleached charger and stole her heart. He has laid bare his soul and struggles, and he is much more the man to us for it.

But I am also fighting back the sadness of losing that little girl who would intertwine her fingers in mine and say, “I love you, Daddy!” Who would climb in my lap with a book to read. Whose smile melted my heart and wrapped herself around my heart.

I wish my father were still alive to talk to him about what it was like to give away a daughter (I have six sisters). It is times like these that I wish he and my mother were here to drink in the moments and share in the joy.

Very briefly, I just want to challenge everyone today to take the time to cherish those closest to us; their successes and their failures, their joys and their sorrows, and the memories that stay with us.

It’s funny how the good memories bubble up and are repeated often, and the bad have dissipated into darkness. Allow yourself the time to honor their memory and keep the commandment:

Deuteronomy 5:16Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

Ephesians 6:2Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

Let us collectively, not lose the family unit and its cohesiveness. I truly understand that the person who filled the position of father or mother for you may not have done the best job or even abused their power over you. Yet, we are still commanded to do our part independent of how they do theirs.

Being parents of four adult children is more challenging than when they were young, in our home, and able to be easily influenced. But the rewards of sharing the milestones at this age are lovely! Schooling, jobs, travel, and yes, grandchildren are just some of the grand things God allows us to share.

Pray for us as we pull all this together for Saturday and have a wonderful Thursday!

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