From the door of the preschool room, I watched a child playing. Wispy blonde locks surrounded her light Scandinavian complexion and azure eyes. She was a bit more shy than most her age.
Without interaction with the others, she quietly amused herself with a doll, dressing it in a formal gown and high heels. A momentary flash of panic crossed her face until she again spotted her teacher helping other children behind the indoor playhouse. All was safe again.
Then, from the hall, her daddy appeared and said, “Hi beautiful.” Her eyes lit up and her mouth smiled wide as she ran to him. He opened his arms, scooped her up, embraced her, and twirled her once around.
The daddy caught the teacher’s eye, waved, and said, “Thank you! We’ll see you tomorrow.”
What a lovely image of a daddy’s love—beautiful grace demonstrated to his princess. When she is much older, she’ll remember her father’s secure arms, his unconditional love, and his voice saying, “Hi beautiful.” Then, she’ll aptly discern the authenticity and the motives of other male figures in her life because she has heard the true voice of her daddy.
Every daughter, young or old, longs to have her father call her beautiful. Every wife needs to hear it from her husband—beautiful.
From the lips of any other person, it holds far less value. Why then, do some not say that word to their princess? Did their fathers not teach them? Perhaps four or five generations back, a father set a different example, and it trickled down to the present.
Oh, the beautiful grace of a loving father who expresses his love in a word, beautiful. Many are fortunate to have such an earthly father. However, some have fathers who, although they are good role models, they don’t know how to verbalize their love.
Others have fallen fathers who are angry, abusive, selfish, or ignorant, and they sin against their daughters.
Nevertheless, all of us have access to a Heavenly Father who scoops us up in His arms and says, “You’re beautifully and wonderfully made, and you’re mine.”
This Father—our Heavenly Father and Husband, expresses love to us in His Word:
…Behold, “you’re beautiful, my love; behold, you’re beautiful; your eyes are dove… (Song of Solomon 1:15)
(This article is from my book, “Sixty Days of Grace – God’s Sufficiency for the Journey.”)
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