Thank you. A thousand thank you’s are not enough to express my gratitude. So many people grow up without fathers and in our country especially, where there is a culture of fatherless homes, it’s almost normal to not assume that my friends might have a mom and dad at home. And then others who have grown up in a house with both mom and dad might wish that they didn’t have this ‘fortune’. Im grateful that I didn’t have to experience either of these situations. And this letter is not to discredit anyone’s dad or make them feel bad, it’s simply me honoring a man who has done a good job.
I just read a book about people that can’t understand the love of God the Father or simply see God as the Father. Because of the very reasons mentioned above, everything about the word father, brings back bad memories and thoughts. As I read this book, I could only give thanks to God. Simply for the blessing of the house I grew up in. Obviously we have our cracks but that just adds to the flavor of it all. Daddy, if you asked me to score you ( looool) on your ‘dad-ship’, I’d very well give you a close to perfect score. You’ve been at all our sports games that you could get to. You’ve attended and clapped at all our concerts (even the boring ones). You’d drop everything you were doing if you knew we were stranded (well if the Stormers were playing, we’d have to wait a bit…lol, but you still showed up). I have no doubt that you’ll take Matthew, my or even mummy’s place should we be in danger. You’re a father to my friends too and they love you so much. You showed me how to respect others and love my neighbors, even when they didn’t invite me to their beach parties😅. But most of all, you showed me what it is to trust God, even with your children.
Daddy, you’ve never doubted or questioned my decision to give up everything and do this crazy thing of being a missionary. You’ve supported me in EVERYTHING I’ve done_ I swear if being a street sweeper made me happy, you’d buy me the best broom. Do you know how I know that you’re legit?? – when we chat about my career choice and everything else, I see no fear in your eyes. You completely trust God and know that He will take care of your daughter. You know that God borrowed me to you for a little while and you’ve done an excellent job while in your care, but now it’s time to give me back. I can’t thank you enough daddy. I can’t thank Pa enough for teaching you the core values and principles that you’ve passed down to Matthew and I.
I’ve often thought that it’s going to be so scary to be mom or a wife one day (don’t worry, I’m not pregnant lol). Coz I don’t know the recipe that you and mummy used in our house. The secret to success. I still don’t know it, and I probably never will and I think it’s ok. My game plan is to do as was done unto me….love. Love without conditions as God loves us. 1 Corinthians 11v1: “imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ”.
I know the love of God the Father because my earthly father has loved me with that same love.
You are amazing.
I love you ❤️
Love your favorite daughter.