I’ve discovered a new feeling; it’s the feeling of pride, joy and pure gratitude that a mother gets watching her child being deeply loved by that child’s dad. The feeling is both powerful and tender, all at once. It’s a feeling with touches of both playfulness and grounded stability. This feeling is somewhat familiar; it’s built on the unconditional love that I already receive and feel from my husband, a gift that I count on and luxuriate in, a gift that I now see being lavished on our daughter in the unique way that a new dad loves his new daughter. It’s a feeling that I never felt before these past few months, before I could watch my daughter with her daddy. I can’t really describe it fully – but, it really is amazing.
Happy First Father’s Day Imzadi – it is truly a delight to share the adventure of parenthood with you! Our girl is so very lucky…
And happy Father’s Day to each of you men who make your children (and their mothers) so proud and so secure through your affection. Fatherhood is so important – and so underrated in many ways. Hats off to all of you who take the job seriously and who love your kid wholly.
This quote just struck me as very profound when I read it today – and so I thought I’d share. Sometimes I find that its ‘the basics’ of my faith that I need to be reminded of, not just the complex or academic or advanced – somehow I can forget the initial baby steps of trusting and living wholly for God.
From C.S. Lewis:
“The Christian way is different: harder, and easier. Christ says ‘Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down…. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked – the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself: my own will shall become yours.’” – from Mere Christianity
Check out this new blog that I just found (and love) for more thoughts about this quote – and the reality of how we are transformed bit by bit in Christ. The blog is written by a woman I met in college while doing urban outreach and her husband, both of whom are currently church planting and community developing in south central L.A.
Any of you who know Chad Anderson from NPU will enjoy seeing this recent video interview (or “innerview” as his church in Seattle calls it) with his pastor. Chad recently celebrated twenty years of life after being diagnosed with a (serious and dehabilitating) brain tumor at the age of twelve. Watch this six minute video clip for a glimpse into a person’s life who inspires many – just by simply being himself and letting God grow a life that lives for Him. Blessings on these twenty years that show God’s faithfulness – and I send you my blessings on many more years and faithfulness to come, Chad!
Chad Anderson Innerview