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A Father's Gifts

Updated on August 30, 2012
A father's first gift to a son should always be touch and soft words.
A father's first gift to a son should always be touch and soft words. | Source
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Teaching is one of the greatest gifts possible. | Source
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Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. | Source

The Legacy of Good Fathering


I hope I have not published this on the web before.

If I have, I will have to remove it right away because
that is a violation of Hub rules.

So, if it's up for a few days, you know this is the only
place I have published it.

I can't remember doing it anywhere else but I could have.



A FATHER'S GIFTS


A Father's gifts, in time revealed

Yet even still, not all.

A young man's pride held near his heart

Obscures his Father's call.

Empowered by unwavering love

A Father presses on.

To give his son the best he's got

Until the boy is gone.

A man emerges, makes his way

A Father sheds a tear.

His son reveals throughout his days

A Fathers gifts held dear.

Oh yes its true, he's his own man

But Father can you tell.

The gifts you've given to your son

Are serving him quite well.

Scott Adie © 2012



Dad's be sure to invest heavily in your children.

There is nothing you can accomplish in life more satisfying than raising great kids.

Success is not measured by the things that perish with your passing but rather by the legacy you leave for your kids and future generations through them.


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      sradie 3 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Thank you for your kind comment Ellen. I write as God places it upon my heart to do so. This was for dad in the moments that God reminded me of the place he held in my heart. I am pleased that others find meaning in it.

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      Ellen Karman 3 years ago from medina, Ohio

      This was so beautifully written, and! I had to read a few times and the tears kept spilling. God bless you, In all your endeavors Ellen Karman

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      I'm glad you enjoyed it James A Watkins, thanks for spending a little time on my Hub. Now, I must go take a look at yours.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      Your poem is wonderfully made. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for this pleasure.

      James

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Aubrey, I am really encouraged by folks like you who are willing to invest in your kids when you have them. It makes a difference in you, them and the world they live in. Thanks for the kind words. Sorry you didn't have your dad very long but obviously the time you did have gave you a good perspective.

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Thanks CriSp. My dad was a huge blessing in my life. I could never repay him for all he did to make me who I am today. I hope your husband enjoys it too.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      SR, this is really awesome. My father died when I was younger so he didn't have that opportunity, but there are things that only a father can teach a child. I've assured myself if and when I have sons I will invest in them, help them become good men. That's what fathers are good at right? Thanks for sharing this awesome poem. :)

      -Aubrey

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is a wonderful hub, full of wisdom and an absolute delight. Sharing with my husband for his reading pleasure.

      Up and beautiful.

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Yes, the gifts from either of our parents have even eternal consequences. We are grateful barbsbitsnpieces for them. THanks for commenting.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @sradie...That's a wonderful thing -- what your father experienced before his passing.

      Your Hub poem works for girls, too! We, eight of us, lost our dad last year on Father's Day, and we all miss him terribly. Dad found time to love the Lord and interact with all eight of us around his busy working life, and we all strive to pass on his example to our own children.

      Thanks again for sharing this lovely poem.

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Yes Barbsbitsnpieces there is a Heavenly Father implication. My own father came to Jesus just a couple months before he went home to be with Him. Even so, throughout his life he was a wonderful example of Christs love and watch care for his children. I cherish the things he taught me through his patience and loving kindness. Discipline with love was always there and has had a lifelong impact on my life. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @sradie...Your poem is beautiful in emotion and worthwhile in thought, something for a son to hold to his heart when his Father is no longer there.

      It also has Heavenly Father message...intended?

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Thanks pstraubie48 for taking time to read my hub and commenting. I miss my dad but the things he taught me will last a lifetime.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Sradie..this was so passionately expressed. This is such a well deserved salute to Fathers all who make a difference in the lives of children. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Yes thank you ykianink. Glad you took a few moments to read and comment on my poem. I will look at your hubs also. Be blessed.

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      aykianink 4 years ago

      From boy to man. Good job on this.

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Shubhjeet thank you for reading and commenting. The Lord will help you if you ask. Open your heart and let it spill out. You and others around you will be blessed by it. Go in peace and the love of Christ.

      Movie Master, thanks for spending a few moments with my poem. I am blessed by each who takes their time to read my thoughts.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful - thank you and voted up!

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      Shubhjeet Vimal 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      My heart is filled with gratitude for my father but my lips often fail to come up with the right words....your poem made me to think of the unspoken words I have kept in my heart for long....may the lord help me to turn my words into action and make my dad happy and proud...thank you sir

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Wow Aaron, I could have just written Rules without relationship breeds rebellion and I could have shortened my poem a great deal. Nice summation. Thanks.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you, so much for your nice comments and I really appreciate your fine work.

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      Aaron Rushing 4 years ago from USA- Florida

      Scott this is one of my favorites. I am glad you got it up on Hub pages for others to enjoy.

      I am learning to invest heavily in my children. Rules without relationship breeds rebellion.

      ABR

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      whonunuwho, clever name. Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub. You are right, we need not receive credit in our earthly lives for the good we have done. It is nice to be recognized for that but our Father God in Heaven keeps very good notes on each of our lives. Our expressions of love sometimes do come later that what would be best but they do come and He recognizes all of them.

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      sradie 4 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      mismazda thanks for taking a moment to read my poem and sharing your thoughts with me. Dads can miss life's greatest enjoyment when the miss their children's growing up. Time is priceless..

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      A very nice work of a tribute to your father. I too gave a tribute to my father, after he had passed, however, and in the form of a world famous lyrics about how he raised me up and supported my wings. I never received credits for my work, yet, the family appreciated my efforts in honoring his life and support to his family. Our credits will be received by all when we meet in heaven with our loved ones.

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      mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      Lovely poem..and I can agree that it is the time that a dad invests in the children lives that really count...not the things that are given...voted up.