Last week, we had the grandchildren over for a sleepover. We went through all their typical nighttime routine, saving the best for last. With the bedroom dark except for a nightlight, my husband placed his hand on David and then Elizabeth’s head and prayed a blessing over them. Not just any words of blessing, but the same words of blessing he had spoken over his own children more than 5,000 times during their childhood. It brought back sweet memories. Our children still remember their nighttime blessings with great fondness. It ended the day—even difficult, turbulent days—with love, hope, forgiveness, peace, and encouragement as a tired father called upon his gracious and powerful Heavenly Father to pour out His goodness in the lives of his children.
Fathers: There are many ways you can bless your children. One simple, but profound way is to incorporate a Scripture-based blessing into your child’s nightly (or daily routine). Here is a resource created for this very purpose:
Pastor David Michael is convinced that pronouncing blessings upon our children is a powerful way to plead for God’s grace upon them and to give them a vision for what we hope they will become. The booklet includes blessing cards, each based on a biblical text, with prayers that flow from a father’s heart for his daughters, and a pastor’s heart for the children in his church.
Fathers take note: Free Give-Away for Father’s Day! We would love to bless three father’s with a free copy of A Father’s Guide to Blessing His Children. Dads, simply leave us a comment below by Friday 11:59 p.m. CDT, and we will enter your name for the give-away. We will randomly choose three names and announce the winners on Wednesday, June 17.