Anglican Morning Devotion, 20 June 2021 A.D.
a ministry of the Anglican Orthodox Communion Worldwide
“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” Proverbs 20:7 (KJV)
To my friends far and wide
I’ll try to describe
The one who was father to me.
Though you may not have known,
He was made out of stone,
But his heart was as big as the sea.
All father’s alike
Are willing to fight
For the love of their children alone
But the world little knows
Of the hardships they chose
To provide for their children at home.
My dad was a man
Who lived on the land
That virtue and courage had bought.
He made up the hedge
And stood on his pledge
And with courage he lived as he aught.
A man of few words,
But his manhood was heard
By all of his family and friends
When he stood in the line
In winter’s cold clime
And fought in the Forest Ardennes.
His time has gone by
But no need now to cry
Of the loss of a man such as he.
He stood by his oath,
Of self-pride was he loathe,
A knight of the Temple to me.
He read every book
From his shelf that he took
And shared many mysteries with me.
But his Bible was best
And was first on his desk
As he opened my young eyes to see.
You may not discern
From his way strict and stern
Of the love that he held for his Lord,
But by thought, word, and deed
He stood by his Creed
And lived by his love – not the sword.