To the memory of fathers whose lives are a finished work; and in loving reverence of all Dads living on this year’s Father’s Day, I’d like to share a poem I penned a few years ago which perhaps reflects the deepest desire of every godly father’s heart:
Lord, make me a man; A man not of muscle and brawn, But a man of purpose and will, A man whose face is like flint To do your most holy will. Lord, make me a man; Not a man of stone nor of steel, But a man of wisdom, and grace and love, A man who will labor and pray and serve To please His Master above. Lord, make me a man, Not a man of selfish pride and power, But a man serene and humble and strong; A man who will know that he’s only a man As God helps him daily along. Lord, make me a man, Not a man who breeds fear, But a man who is tender and cares, A man who his wife and children respect, As a man who unselfishly shares. Lord, make me a man Not a man independent, But a man who will pray, trust and wait; A man who will weep, laugh and love, Who will share with his family his fate. Lord, make me a man, Not a man without care, But a man of the Book who will live by your Word; A man who will order his life by your truth, Who will take it to heart when preaching is heard. Lord, make me a man, Not a man who is gruff; Not a man who us known as outwardly tough; But a man who will suffer, will hurt and will cry, When a brother is broken and ready to die. Lord, make me a man Not a man who can’t feel, Not a man who won’t suffer in woe, But a man who can stoop to lift up another, A man who will carry the load of a brother. Lord, make me a man Not a man who’s self-made, Not a man who is haughty, high-minded and proud; But a man who will live with his head on straight, A man’s whose life is a message that’s loud. And, Lord, make me a man, Not a man of large boasting; Not a man whose story is all about me; But a man who will glorify God, A man whose time spent here is all about Thee.
Anthony Slutz, 2014
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