With Gracious Honor! (The Blessings of a Father-In-Law)

He is now up in age. I first spoke to him on the phone. It was a tense moment, asking him for his daughter’s hand! It was 1978 and he had never met me or even knew that I was in love with his daughter. I remember the feeling of the conversation all these years later. He was kind and gracious as he gave me permission to marry her! I am sure he wondered who I was and what I would become. Could I provide and make his daughter happy? Would I honor and cherish her? Sometimes I wonder how he could have been so gracious under the circumstance, handing over to me, a virtual stranger, his precious daughter. I have become more and more aware of a father’s love for a daughter as I too have placed my faith in the man who married mine.

I have now been married to his daughter for almost 39 years. Never over those long years has he ever said or done anything to me that couldn’t be described as respectful, loving, or kind. He is a man of great wisdom and wit. He has touched the lives of all those he comes into contact with for the good. No one who meets him forgets him. It is an honor to be his son-in-law. It is an honor to call him father.

It is a great blessing to have a wonderful supportive father-in-law. I feel as Moses did when Jethro, his father-in-law came to town. Exodus records:
“And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare…” (18:7)

Marriage can be difficult at times, but it is made all the easier when a couple has supportive parents who encourage and bless the lives of their offspring. Their example is fundamental in the success of a young couple who is looking for direction.

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