Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Father's Hands

Her Father's Joy
This favourite family photo was taken in 1997
in the South Island of New Zealand

This week my husband celebrates his 44th birthday. The children are excited! They love birthdays and they love their dad. They have already bought his favourite sweet treats and wrapped them and hidden them away and my eldest daughter is deciding what kind of cake she should bake for him this year. I asked them to make him a special card and to think of all the ways in which their dad used his hands to help his family. The sentiments flowed and I would love to share them with you as a tribute to a husband and a father who has used his hands in so many different ways to bless his children.

My Father's Hands

Held me as a newborn baby and counted every child a blessing

Stroked my head as I went to sleep in his arms

Held my hand tight as we crossed a busy road

Nurturing hands, gentle hands, safe hands

My Father's hands

Threw a ball in my direction and said 'Catch!'

Picked up a pencil and showed me how to draw a dinosaur

Handed me the pencil and said 'Now you try!'

Encouraging hands

My Father's Hands

Hammered nails into wood and built me a cubby house

Held a spade to dig gardens to grow food for our family

Slapped render onto the walls of the swimming pool he built for our family

Hard working hands, strong hands, resourceful hands

My Father's Hands

Reach into his wallet and pull out money to pay for ice creams!

Turn the wheel and change the gears when he drives us where we need to go

Hold spanners to fix cars at work

Hold spanners to help those who break down on the highway

Pick up snakes in the chicken house!

Release the snakes into the bush knowing that they will return!

Generous hands, helping hands

My Father's Hands

Shake the hands of other men as he says 'G'Day Mate' or 'Welcome to our home'

Wave at the people he passes on our country road

Friendly Hands, Hospitable Hands

My Father's Hands

Punch the air in victory when the All Blacks beat Australia!

Are raised in despair when they are beaten by France

Are raised in despair when New South Wales loses again to Queensland

Cheering Hands! Victorious hands

My Father's Hands

Are raised to worship his Lord - the source of his strength

Worshiping hands

This is the front of our special 'Father's Hands' birthday card, On the outline of the hands (which belong to each twin!) is a verse from the Bible which says

'Let the favour of God be upon us And confirm for us the work of our hands Yes confirm the work of our hands' Psalm 90 v17

And many thanks to a fellow blogger Kristen the 'Pajama Mama' in Texas for alerting me to this translation. I decided to search the Word for more verses that relate to hands and here are just a few of the ones I found.

'Let your hand become my help for I have chosen your precepts'
Psalm 119 v173

'The works of His hands are verity and justice; All His precepts are sure.'
Psalm 111v7

'You have a mighty arm strong is your hand and high is your right hand'.
Psalm 89v13

'Thus I will bless you while I live; I will lift up my hands in your name.'
Psalm 63v4

Oh that fathers would lift up their hands while they live... strong and mighty hands as they lead their families and raise their children; fathers who have chosen to live according to the Lord's precepts. Fathers who do not raise their hands in anger, fathers who use their hands to reach for the hands of their children rather than the remote control and say 'Let's go outside and play'..

I give thanks for a husband and a father who uses his hands wisely, to do good, not harm. A father who is loved by his family who want to honour him as he celebrates another year of...

Hard work... it's going to pay off, the pool is going to look fantastic and it will bring our family so much pleasure and we can invite people over as we continue to open up our home and offer hospitality. Your vision for this project has been inspiring. Natural swimming pools are the way of the future! Roll on summer!

Laughter and celebration... and here's hoping NSW come right! And the All Blacks win the Bledisloe!

Faith and family Thank you for your commitment to our family, for your uncompromising belief that God's heart is for the restoration of the family and for your desire that our family live, work and minister... together!

God has confirmed the work of your hands... these children are your reward...

Your arrows as in a warrior's hand.. 'Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them'
Your olive plants all around your table... Behold thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.'

Happy Birthday! We love you dad!

I'd love to hear how you honour the fathers in your life. I would be honoured if you chose to use our 'Father's Hands Project' and I hope that it has inspired you. Let me know how it turns out!

With love and joy,

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onesmartpiggy said...

This idea is absolutely precious--thank you!! I've just come across your blog and am really enjoying it! :)

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Happy Birthday to the man with the loving industrious hands...
Great post Ann...
And just look at what were your tiny babes...
Just gorgeous!

Dalinz said...

Your babies are growing up... Happy Birthday to the man of the house :)

Love the post once again. Well written. Love it. Cheers Damaris

Ana Degenaar said...

I love this post, thank you again for sharing your heart with us

Anonymous said...

I soooo love the poem! It is a most excellent poem! It makes me want to do one for my husband. What a blessing!

Farming On Faith said...

What a lovely post to your husband~I so enjoyed reading it.
How very blessed you are indeed!


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