A Daddy Marries off His Daughter
Well, I’m about to embark on an event that many have before me—but it’s a first for me! I’m marrying off my little girl this week, my Stacy Joy. A few moments ago, she came up to my den and sat down beside me to ask how I was doing. We had a few precious minutes to talk and share about the big day, just around the corner. She looks so beautiful. She is so joyful, and Becky and I couldn’t be more happy for her. I am a blessed man—I truly am.
As we approach the big day, my head and heart are filled with memories of my little girl growing up—so quickly. Memories of her birth, her first steps, her giggling at the dinner table, carrying her on my shoulders on hikes in the mountains, having her sing to me at night as I tucked her into bed, driving her to school, picking her up from school, laughing around the dinner table, watching her dance in our worship services (she’s incredible), worshiping next to her on a Sunday morning, watching her learn to ride a bike, baptizing her after she repented and trusted Christ as Savior, taking her to college, crying as we left her at college, listening to her plans and hopes for the future, watching her meet and fall in love with the man of her dreams.
A father could not be more proud of a daughter. I mean this with all of my heart. Stacy is a blessing from God, and I am the luckiest dad in the world this week to celebrate her wedding with our family all around us. I know I will “leak” a bit (a.k.a. cry), but that’s okay. In fact, that will be good. She can’t wait to have our father-daughter dance to “Butterfly Kisses”;she’s wanted that song for our dance for years. So dance we will—to the glory of God!
So . . . my Stacy Joy is getting married this week to Andrew Hanna, and Becky and I feel God’s blessing hovering over our tribe. We give thanks to him for a godly young man who is honorable, noble, and clearly loves our daughter. My heart is full. It’s one of those weeks when you just soak in God’s goodness, thank Him, and know that we are totally unworthy. To Him be the glory and honor, forever and forever.
by Jay Childs, Future Senior Pastor