Was it only yesterday, I kissed you goodnight
But those days are now long gone,
For you have grown into adulthood
The result of being born..

I am grateful for your tender years
As I thank God for your love,
I had no idea on your birthday
How precious you'd become.

All the special memories I recall
Of your head upon my arm,
With lots of fun and adventures
As I protected you from harm.

Now, I must let go those yesterdays
The nights I paced the floor,
For you have another path to walk
To find your open door.

As you grow into the joy
Of finding life can hold much more,
My encouragement I give
As you follow your own call.

For a Daddys love is not enough
There's courage needed on your way,
As you put your hand into the hand of God
My part will be to pray.

But the treasure I can keep forever
Is my delight in who you are,
And as I will always be your father
You will be my shining star.

Soft Whispers from
Derry's Heart Poems
©2004 used with permission

Children are a gift from God:
they are His reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a mighty man
so are the children of ones youth.
Blessed is the man who has his quiver full of them
Psalms 127:3-5a

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