Father-Daughter Banquet: The Blessing

Fatherdaughternight_1My daughter Emilie and I attended the Father-Daughter Banquet at Redding Christian School.  The Jr. High girls and their dads dressed up for the occasion.  I even had to wear a tie!  The night was fun and meaningful.  We played games, had BBQ tri-tip, and chatted.  Yes, all of us dads felt heavy with the profound moment of our daughters becoming women in this rite of passage.  Part of the night was even included a mock date applications for the dads.

The highlight of the evening was the time us dads gave a blessing to our daughters in front of other dads and daughters.  One cannot underestimate the power of the words of a father.  We were instructed to choose from a list of things to say to our daughter.  I chose to talk about what my daughter’s name meant.  Of course, part of the blessing includes talking about the future.  Affirming my Emilie as a growing young woman hits me pretty hard folks.  I love my girl, but to think of this beautiful young lady being given away someday to another man…ouch.

I am proud of my daughter.  By the way, she really can sing.  I am certain to see her broadcast on TV someday and singing her heart out.  Thank you God for such a wonderful daughter!

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

20 comments

  1. I remember as a powerful image of hope and purpose in my spiritual journey, listening to a friend describe the “rites of passage” he and his spiritual brothers had created for their sons. These men, all together, spent time praying for words of encouragement and blessing for their sons, and a special gift, to “initiate” their sons into manhood. I was captured by the sense of belonging and community as this man described the impact his relationship with his spiritual brothers had on him, and on the next generation of his family.
    You will never underestimate the gift you have given your daughter…

    …way to go DAD!

  2. I remember as a powerful image of hope and purpose in my spiritual journey, listening to a friend describe the “rites of passage” he and his spiritual brothers had created for their sons. These men, all together, spent time praying for words of encouragement and blessing for their sons, and a special gift, to “initiate” their sons into manhood. I was captured by the sense of belonging and community as this man described the impact his relationship with his spiritual brothers had on him, and on the next generation of his family.
    You will never underestimate the gift you have given your daughter…

    …way to go DAD!

  3. I remember as a powerful image of hope and purpose in my spiritual journey, listening to a friend describe the “rites of passage” he and his spiritual brothers had created for their sons. These men, all together, spent time praying for words of encouragement and blessing for their sons, and a special gift, to “initiate” their sons into manhood. I was captured by the sense of belonging and community as this man described the impact his relationship with his spiritual brothers had on him, and on the next generation of his family.
    You will never underestimate the gift you have given your daughter…

    …way to go DAD!

  4. I remember as a powerful image of hope and purpose in my spiritual journey, listening to a friend describe the “rites of passage” he and his spiritual brothers had created for their sons. These men, all together, spent time praying for words of encouragement and blessing for their sons, and a special gift, to “initiate” their sons into manhood. I was captured by the sense of belonging and community as this man described the impact his relationship with his spiritual brothers had on him, and on the next generation of his family.
    You will never underestimate the gift you have given your daughter…

    …way to go DAD!

  5. you are so generous…
    hats off to our school and Mrs. Henry who has a passion to encourage this event and the act of “dating your daughters” to the parents

    I have read and been through Robert Lewis’ material on biblical manhood and rites of passage….all good stuff…and a book called “The Blessing” impacted me greatly several years ago.

  6. you are so generous…
    hats off to our school and Mrs. Henry who has a passion to encourage this event and the act of “dating your daughters” to the parents

    I have read and been through Robert Lewis’ material on biblical manhood and rites of passage….all good stuff…and a book called “The Blessing” impacted me greatly several years ago.

  7. you are so generous…
    hats off to our school and Mrs. Henry who has a passion to encourage this event and the act of “dating your daughters” to the parents

    I have read and been through Robert Lewis’ material on biblical manhood and rites of passage….all good stuff…and a book called “The Blessing” impacted me greatly several years ago.

  8. you are so generous…
    hats off to our school and Mrs. Henry who has a passion to encourage this event and the act of “dating your daughters” to the parents

    I have read and been through Robert Lewis’ material on biblical manhood and rites of passage….all good stuff…and a book called “The Blessing” impacted me greatly several years ago.

  9. This brought tears to my eyes as I look at my daughter who was Emily’s age…yesterday…or so it seemed. Now, she’s on the eve of leaving home and has quite possibly met her future mate. They make some invisible change when we are not looking. What a precious night you got to share with your daughter.

  10. This brought tears to my eyes as I look at my daughter who was Emily’s age…yesterday…or so it seemed. Now, she’s on the eve of leaving home and has quite possibly met her future mate. They make some invisible change when we are not looking. What a precious night you got to share with your daughter.

  11. This brought tears to my eyes as I look at my daughter who was Emily’s age…yesterday…or so it seemed. Now, she’s on the eve of leaving home and has quite possibly met her future mate. They make some invisible change when we are not looking. What a precious night you got to share with your daughter.

  12. This brought tears to my eyes as I look at my daughter who was Emily’s age…yesterday…or so it seemed. Now, she’s on the eve of leaving home and has quite possibly met her future mate. They make some invisible change when we are not looking. What a precious night you got to share with your daughter.

  13. Crying now!There is nothing more moving or powerful to me than to hear a dad talk about his kids, especially a daughter. I love that idea of a father/daughter banquet at that age. To see a dad standing in this strange gap of time (between childhood and adult) and knowing what is coming, really is a testimony of God’s blessing on you.

  14. Crying now!There is nothing more moving or powerful to me than to hear a dad talk about his kids, especially a daughter. I love that idea of a father/daughter banquet at that age. To see a dad standing in this strange gap of time (between childhood and adult) and knowing what is coming, really is a testimony of God’s blessing on you.

  15. Crying now!There is nothing more moving or powerful to me than to hear a dad talk about his kids, especially a daughter. I love that idea of a father/daughter banquet at that age. To see a dad standing in this strange gap of time (between childhood and adult) and knowing what is coming, really is a testimony of God’s blessing on you.

  16. Crying now!There is nothing more moving or powerful to me than to hear a dad talk about his kids, especially a daughter. I love that idea of a father/daughter banquet at that age. To see a dad standing in this strange gap of time (between childhood and adult) and knowing what is coming, really is a testimony of God’s blessing on you.

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