For my Papa’s 73rd birthday, my sister and I came in agreement to bless him on his birthday celebration April of this year. For context here’s an excerpt from Craig Hill’s book, “Power of a Parent’s Blessing.”
“IN THE SEVENTH critical time of blessing the family roles
reverse. In the first six stages of life the parents bless their
children, but in this seventh stage the children bless their
parents. Proverbs 31:28 says the children of the virtuous
woman “rise up and bless her.” This then completes the
blessing cycle. After parents have blessed their children in the
first six stages of life, it is a natural for the children to want to
bless their parents in their older age.
Just as every son or daughter longs to hear a parent say, “I
love you, and I’m proud of you,” so does every parent long to
hear similar words from his or her adult children. In chapter 1 I
mentioned that the Greek word for “blessing” is eulogia, from
which we derive our English word eulogy. Unfortunately, the
only time most adult children speak powerful words of blessing
over their parents is after they pass away. These words of
blessing spoken at a funeral may be of benefit to the other
family members but not to the parent. Parents need to hear
words of blessing from their children while they are still living,
so God can use the child to help answer the parent’s key heart
Inspired by the encouraging call of Dennis Rainey to honor our parents in this manner, I was also led to print out the tribute with the words of blessing my sister and I honored our Papa with on his birthday.
We honor our earthly father in more ways than one, and we are blessed to call him our Papa. We love you so much, Papa!
WE HONOR AND BLESS YOU, PAPA, FOR YOUR HEART AS A FATHER TO ROSE & ME. WE HONOR YOU FOR THE YEARS THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDED FOR OUR NEEDS (AND MORE), AND CONTINUE TO FATHER US EVEN THROUGH OUR ADULT LIVES. YOUR DEDICATION IN LOVING US THE BEST WAY YOU KNOW HOW IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED, AND WILL ALWAYS BE ETCHED IN OUR HEARTS. THANK YOU, PAPA!
We honor you, for the wisdom in finding this land that has become our home growing up, that you and Mama have passed down to Rose and me. It has been years that this has been divided, and are already in our names, way before you are gone just so we won’t have to trouble with it in the future. Well, Mama has a considerable hand on that, but nothing will come out of it anyway, without your agreement.
It was only years ago when I first heard the story behind how you found this address. Thank you, Papa.
We honor and admire you in your mastery of your profession, when most people your age has stopped working, you remain sharp, sought after by your clients. We are proud of you, Papa.
We honor you, Papa, for the many loving ways you have shown us how to become good parents ourselves.
We thank you for being available for us in so many ways:
- Your generosity in how you show your love during those times that we had no helper – doing our laundry, and pressing our clothes (that you still do to this day for Rose). What father does that?
- I remember never having to lift a finger to debone my fish viand. All we had to do was show up, sit down and eat. You continue to ration us with sweet potatoes and buko juice all these years. And whenever we express our gratitude, I have come to memorize your response, “para yon lang.”
- Your generosity cascades to your children’s children, Jed and Sam.
- We honor you for those seemingly trivial but teaching moments that you may not be aware of. A few of them:
I remember when there was this one time when I was little, Rose or I was about to throw a candy wrapper from the car window, and you stopped me. You got the trash and told me to never throw trash that way. I grew up conscientious over these things, and have passed it on to Jed as well.
- There was a time when we had to fall in a long line to wait for our ride from Mama’s office. It would have easily been a bad day because of the crazy long line, but your cheerful countenance, positivity, even affected the next person beside us to smile and just chill while we waited for our ride.
We honor you for the many ways you have been a model for us to follow. We are blessed to be called your children, Papa. We thank you for the ways you reflect God the Father’s heart to us – to protect and love. We thank you for imparting your wisdom and teaching us valuable life lessons. We even thank you for forgiving us for the many ways we may have dishonored you in the past.
For the remaining years that God grants you to remain upon the earth, which we will continue to pray to be decades more:
May you never be without the presence of the Holy Spirit
May your heart always be at peace
May your mind always be alert and learning
May your strength match the length of your days
May God keep you in His love at all times.
We bless your memories so that you may recall the goodness of God and the great times with family and friends.
We bless your spiritual life, that you may continue to worship God in spirit and truth.
We commit ourselves to walk with you for the rest of your journey in this side of eternity.
As you look upon your children today, you are also looking at the beginning of a legacy that will last for generations.
We commit ourselves to carry forward your legacy and pass on our spiritual heritage to our children and grandchildren.
“The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24–26
Jen & Rose