It was just over a year ago I walked my younger one down the aisle to hand her over to the new man in her life and around seven years before that I had done the same for my eldest, and the feelings I underwent were exactly the same:
Months of conflicting thoughts: My arms starting to feel empty! Both had nestled there through most of their childhood, telling me about gigantic problems little girls went through in school or around their homes and after I’d heard them out, talked to them, comforted them, and allowed them to lay their heads awhile in these same arms they went back to play while I stood at the window watching, and now trying to solve their worries which had become mine.
And now I had to walk them into a new life: One, where I wouldn’t be around to hold them as they started their first baby steps into marriage. They’d have to walk forward, hopefully guided by all their mother and I had taught them, and finding new confidence as they shaped anew their own family together.
And so, I went through a variety of emotions.
But a few days before their weddings, a new and wondrous thought flashed through my mind; that the One above who had always been there for me, would also be there for them. What was the need for worry? “Lord,” I prayed, “Lord!” I whispered, “You’re telling me something?”
The calm that followed was dramatic. It was like a gentle wave flowing over me, removing with its ebb all fears and conflicting emotions.
Just like both had lain in my own arms I felt strong Divine arms would hold them both.
At both their weddings I felt a voice above whispering: “Bob, I’ll care for her, like you’ve cared for her and more. Like you’ve been a father to her Bob, I will continue being one for her! You will walk her down the aisle Bob, but even as you step aside, I won’t. I will walk on with her and him. I will be there besides them every step of their lives!”
“How silly of me to worry Lord!”
And then at both the weddings, I felt the lifting of all my fears and a sense of peace, a stillness which a God above had enveloped me with, and which I know would be there for my children too, as they too, going through their own varying thoughts and emotions, would get to know, that even as their earthly father stopped at the end of the aisle, their Heavenly Father would walk on with them, into their new lives!
And He Has, and how..!
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13 thoughts on “Walking Them Down the Aisle..!”
My constant prayer for our children when they left home to follow their hearts was that God would bring the people of His choice into their lives. God has been faithful and blessed us with families that seek His heart. Truly, establish the work of Your hands, Lord??
You are such an excellent writer Bob, sometimes your words are encouraging, sometimes they are motivating and sometimes it just brings tears to my eyes when you remind me of my own life, like your today’s write-up. It reminded me of how my dad walked me to the aisle with tears in his eyes and for a long time all he did was just stand besides me holding my hand, and softly praying with his eyes closed and tears flowing. Thank you Bob your writings are very inspiring. Continue doing it. God bless you
Your Words describes that celebration which is not easy to celebrate in life sometimes.
Truly excellent Bobby. I’m waiting to have the same experience as you’ve had on two occasions. Surely our Lord and Saviour is with all of us throughout life’s journey.
Yes Bob, this is life and it has to go on and each one has a story to tell. I am the father of a single child who opted to be a priest, I was emotionally upset for a while but respected his choice and he is a 11 year old priest. I felt empty nest syndrome for sometime but God gave me the courage to move on as He said, “I am with you always”.
Good one! Whenever we have to let go of our children..whatever walk of life..God is there to fill that empty space and more blessings come back.. so let go they need to live their lives too..
Very touching and reminds most fathers of their emotional state of mind when their daughters are walking the aisle.
Hmm as a father of a single loving daughter, surely am going to face the same situation sooner or later dear Bro.Bob. Thanks for your positive beliefs and sweet experiences.
You have laid a confident way for me at this point. As our Awesome God in Whom we have faith and trust never let’s us down, but leads us into Green Pastures, for His ways are higher than ours !!!
Bob, your write-ups are so inspiring. You are truly gifted! Every word, every sentence is so moving, with so much of depth in it. Your book DARE was gifted to me by a friend. I read it slowly, absorbing every word. You are an amazing writer. God bless you and bless the work of your hands.
Thank you Teresa!
Very well expressed, Bob. However, would you believe me if I told you a mother feels exactly the same heartbreak when she walks her son down the aisle ? I know, I have done it twice.
I’m sure Betty!
Wow Bobby! The punch line is so fantastic. It’s beautiful to think that the father who has walked up till the end of the aisle has the comfort of our Father who will continue to be with his daughter always.