Last night several of the men and girls of DPC got all dressed up to enjoy a Daddy Daughter Dinner Date together. It was a strong and beautiful thing to see so much evidence of the special father-daughter bond that our Lord has built into creation.
May our sons in their youth
be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
cut for the structure of a palace.
Think about that. A corner pillar. For a palace. Something strong and solid, something that can support the weight of a massive structure while also adding immeasurably to its beauty and grace.
It's an image that speaks of a significant and absolutely necessary role in life and culture, something central, sturdy, essential, and indispensable... not something peripheral or gratuitous.
This view of daughters is so far removed from the trivializing "cute little thing" that seems to be the highest ideal the conventions of this world can imagine.
As a loving, wise father once said (his name is Shawn Smucker) :
"Although I am constantly awestruck by the physical beauty of my daughters, I will not encourage them to find their value in it. The years will tear at it. Others will objectify it. An accident could alter it. And in the end, death will destroy it.
I want to be part of a community that places an importance on our daughters, not because of their fleeting physical beauty, but because of their importance, their strength, and the absolute necessity of their presence."Amen.
And... one more favorite "daughter" quote:
"The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, "Daddy, I need to ask you something," he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan."