By the Rev. David L. Kinsey
“Daddy, I want to marry you when I grow up!”
Some of you fathers have heard those precious words come from your daughters when they were so little, you almost tripped over them.
I don’t know about you, but for me, it always made me feel ten feet tell.
As my daughter grew older, I heard those words over and over again. To think that someone would love you so much that they wanted to spend the rest of their life with you-that’s awesome. In spite of the fact that we were each getting older, she never relented on posing the question over and over.
I began to get worried when she turned 26 and was asking the same question. Until then, I just knew that God had not yet created anyone that was good enough for my daughter.
(A general thought most fathers have with regard to the “right man” for their daughter.)
One day, I had two distinct privileges. I not only walked my little girl down the aisle of the church, I had the privilege of stepping inside the Sanctuary, to officiate in the Solemnization of her marriage.
I knew in my heart that someday someone would come into her life and change her from my little girl to his beautiful wife. Change—somehow, whether we like it or not, keeps disrupting our life so as to create a continual undertow.
So it is with life. From our very beginning, it has been wrought with change. Some changes were so subtle we don’t even know about them. Some were major changes: like a serious illness or the loss of a loved one. Everyday, we face a new beginning, all because of change.
And we will never again be the same. To me, that is exciting. Because of this, we too will change. TIMES CHANGE, AND WE ARE CHANGED IN THEM.
While I am going to miss my little girl, there is a new man in her life. A major change for me.
Will I marry you? Leslie, my precious child. As we come to understand marriage in the eyes of God—well, that’s all but impossible.
But one thing I will continue to be—your loving father, forever.