Once again, this post is a result of inspiration I received from Craig, from his latest post which has a Father's Day theme. I feel extremely blessed to be the father of my daughter. Together, we have sojourned on this earth for thirty years thus far, and I thank God for every one of them. I hope that by His grace, there will be many more to come.
Yesterday, my daughter delivered a gift with a card to me at my condo along with some stuff she had picked up from Costco for me and my wife. This time, the gift was a lovely framed art she had created herself. On it are the back view of a father and his daughter sitting on a dock gazing into the sunset, and a Bible verse:
"Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." — 1 Peter 1:13.
In the early years of my daughter, she actually had a framed art with the same verse hanging on her bedroom wall. That one was created my me. (I don't know what happened to it.) I picked this verse because the Chinese name I gave her was based on this verse: It is 曉恩 where 曉 (破曉) means dawn and 恩 (恩典) means grace. So, her Chinese name means "the grace of dawn." This is what the verse encourages us to do, to set our hope fully on the grace to be brought to us at the appearing of Jesus Christ (His second coming) which is likened to dawn. Because of this living hope, we have a very different outlook on life and even difficult times like the pandemic don't get us down. The night may be really dark now, but we know dawn is coming.
It is so sweet that after all these years, my daughter is using this verse to remind me and encourage me, and I am so glad that this verse has taken root in her heart.
Some things never change.
If you are interested, here are the links to my previous posts on the same theme: