Dear Dr. Bill,
I'm one of those really busy Dads that you occasionally talk about, and I appreciate your reminders to make my family more of a priority. I wonder if you can tell me something about a concept called "the father's blessing." I'm actively involved with my kids in the evenings and on weekends, but how am I supposed to bless them?
It’s great to hear that you are taking an active role in the lives of your children. Research shows that your kids will gain in a variety of ways from having an involved, committed father.
The concept of “blessing” your children has its roots in the Old Testament when a father would impart the family’s spiritual heritage to his children. In the New Testament, God the Father opens up heaven and blesses Jesus as His ministry begins.
Due to the significance of a father in a child's life, a formal, spoken blessing can communicate to the child their value and worth as a person.
A blessing from a Dad can impart confidence, strength and spiritual boldness. You can learn more about how to have a formal blessing ceremony in John Trent’s wonderful book “The Blessing.”
Of course it’s also important to bless our children on a daily basis. This means modeling Christlike character in everything we do and say, being intentional about teaching our children about the faith, and praying for our kids regularly.
Deuteronomy 11 tells us to fix God’s words in our hearts and minds. We are commanded to teach them to our children, talking about them when we sit at home, when we walk along the road, when we lie down and when we get up.
Thanks for writing Mike! I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.