Sundown Devotional: Tribute to A Father's Legacy

Updated on June 19, 2020
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Sundown Devotional brings friends together as the sun sets on the workweek. We relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on a father's legacy. Christian or not, we will all be inspired. Welcome!

Tribute to a Father's Legacy
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The Devotional

And the glory of the children is their father. Proverbs 17:6

When I showed up for my teaching assignment, I weighed less than ninety-nine pounds. This may have impacted the school board members with the need to feed me. Truth is, like most Caribbean islanders, they were usually generous with their homegrown produce.

One of the school board members was exceptionally kind. Though we never spent time together, he regularly dropped by with his top-quality gifts of fruits and vegetables, and always inquired about my well-being. His hospitality exceeded our expectations when my fiancé visited.

After two years, my assignment ended, and during my farewell event, he approached me. “I’ve been meaning to ask you."

I listened. “When I was a teenager, my church youth group visited your island for joint activities with the young people there. One young man was extremely kind to me. We became friends and made plans for him to visit me, but he died before it happened.”

I answered his questions, he answered mine and then he sighed, “I am sorry that I never got the chance to return his kindness.”

“But you did,” I assured him. “You returned it to his daughter.”

My father died before I was old enough to remember him, but in that moment, my heart embraced him with all the strength it had. I had benefited from his legacy of kindness which affirmed him to be the lovable, desirable, worthy man I always imagined. His contribution to my life registered real and unforgettable.

Today, I applaud the presence of fathers in their children's lives. I also know that when they are absent, legacies of their virtues or vices boost the children's faith or folly. Would that fathers "be controlled by the love and fear of God and by the teaching of His Word, that he may guide the feet of his children in the right way.” (Ellen G. White)

With every other good inheritance, may fathers leave for the children a character image of glory and a legacy of faith!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you all the human fathers who live by Your principles of godly parenting. May their children appreciate the spiritual legacy left for them, and glorify You as the cause for the glory they see in their fathers, In Jesus' name, Amen.

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds...
Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds... | Source

Ten Quotes About A Father's Legacy

  1. “The father who has selflessly poured himself into the life of his children may leave no other monument than that of his children. But as for a life well lived, no other monument is necessary.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough
  2. “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ―Shannon Alder
  3. “If you can successfully raise a child in this day in age to have integrity then you have left a legacy that future generations will benefit from.” ―Shannon L. Alder
  4. “The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives.” ―Billy Graham
  5. “Beautiful is the man who leaves a legacy that of shared love and life. It is he who transfers meaning, assigns significance and conveys in his loving touch the fine art and gentle shaping of a life. This man shall be called, Father.” ―Stella Payton
  6. “A large part of my father's legacy is the lesson he taught his sons. He brought us together and said, 'The measure of a man is how well he provides for his children.’” ―Sidney Poitier
  7. “There are many things for which I owe gratitude to my dad. Most of all, I am grateful to the only man who could love my mother more than me.” ―Ron Mayes
  8. “The greatest legacy a father can leave for his children before he departs is PEACE, otherwise his properties will go in PIECES sooner that he dies.” ―Israelmore Ayivor
  9. Parenting is not something you do so much as who you are. . . You are a father. You are in the process of shaping a life and leaving a legacy.” ―Mandi Hart
  10. “Our founding fathers started this country and built it on God and His Word, and this country sure would be a better place to live and raise our children if we still followed their ideals and beliefs.” ―Phil Robertson

You are a father. You are in the process of shaping a life and leaving a legacy.
You are a father. You are in the process of shaping a life and leaving a legacy. | Source

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    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Lawrence. Your comment encourages me too.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      7 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      MsDora

      A very encouraging hub.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Ernest. Fathers are precious and they deserve every tribute they get.

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      Ernest Festus Awudey 

      7 weeks ago from Ho, Ghana.

      Whoosh.....what an article!

      Thanks MsDora, for sharing such wisdom about the legacy fathers leave behind... Good one there!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Chris, it is good that you are at peace about your wife's departure. She would have wanted you to share the credit for the outstanding men that your sons have become. Congratulations on becoming a granddad also! Thank God for loving, caring dads and granddads like you!

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      Chris Mills 

      2 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      I had my chance, and I did my best. My late wife and I raised two sons. I look at them today, and I am proud. They are intelligent men who live according to principles they have carefully chosen. I credit their mother in this regard. She was a phenomenal person. But I am the one blessed to see our first grandchild. Life is not always fair, but we have to live with its choices.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Rochelle, Blessings to you, too. Thank God for our Heavenly Father in the absence of our human parent. He also is very kind to us.

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      Rochelle Ann De Zoysa 

      2 months ago from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

      Lady Dora this is a heart touching story about your father's kindness :) I was reminded of my own father :) A kind heart is truly a rich heart :) Beautiful :) We depend on our Heavenly Father thanks to the father we had :) I was also young when my father went to Heaven. Take Take care and may God bless you!

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Brenda. I always think of my father fondly. This incident is truly a blessing.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      2 months ago from Washington Court House

      Ms. Dora,

      I loved the article. Embracing the virtue of kindness from your father is truly a great gift.

      The quotes are inspiring also.

      Thanks for sharing.

      I hope your memories always touch your heart.

      Take care.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      True Lori. Happy that some fathers understand how their interaction with the children impact their understanding of God as our Heavenly Father. Sad that some don't, but I pray that God will put other people in their path to demonstrate His love. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Rajan. Though I didn't know him, he has made a powerful impact on my life.

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      Lori Colbo 

      2 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      This is beautiful Dora. In a time when there are a lot of missing dads, it's wonderful you honored the ones that are present. It was a touching story you shared.

      My prayer is that more dad's would remain and that dad's would be leaders of the home. I also thinks it's important to help people understand that bad fathers do not represent our heavenly Father. God bless.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Your story shows your father was a kind and loving man. He has left a beautiful legacy for you. Some very apt quotes about a father's legacy. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      True, Devika. A did is always a dad, and barring abuse, he always deserve appreciation from his children.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Father's day for all dads no matter what you think or thought of your dad when nothing went your way. A wonderful thought to all the dads

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Umesh. I love your comment It's a message we all agree on.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, your offspring are indeed a blessing. Happy that you enjoy each other. I could just imagine that you had a very happy Father's Day!

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      2 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Nice reading. Father is a sacred word for all of us.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Hi, Dora. One of the biggest blessings I have is my children and my grandchildren. I've learned so much from them. I wouldn't;t trade them for all the money in the world - or anything else for that matter.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Happy Father's Day to you, Greg. Live up to best image of yourself you can be. Your children will benefit with the legacy you leave.

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      greg cain 

      2 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Ms. Dora - this is a wonderful piece. Reminded me much of my own father, made me hope I am leaving for my children the type of legacy you portray here. Your father sounds like a wonderful man, and though I’m sorry you didn’t have more time, I’m grateful he left for you a lasting legacy of goodness. Thanks for sharing this with all of us this

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      John, go ahead and celebrate. I'm sure that your children will say about you the same that you say about your dad. Happy Father's Day!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Manatita, Happy Father's Day to you. Thanks for your inspirational insight.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Layne. I am doing well. Sorry you'll miss your dad but happy that you can still celebrate with some pleasant memories.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Ann, I'm pleased to have triggered memories of your dad. I like to hear stories like yours. Enjoy the memories this Father's Day.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      MsDora, I am sure your father was a wonderful man. Thank you for sharing that story. I love these quotes about fathers too. If I have been half the father my own was I am a proud man.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      A timely piece, Dear Dee.

      I like that story which is a meaningful piece. A name which is carved on the Heart, will inevitably make its way to the Tombstone, as Christ did in deeds for us.

      The manifest should be a reflection of His glory, just as it was necessary for you to hear about your father's kindness. Salaam! Happy Father's Day!!

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      Layne Holmes 

      3 months ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Dora, I really like this. Thank you for focusing on fathers. I miss my dad, he passed away 6 years ago from cancer. He shaped my outlook on the world. I always look to celebrate him intuitively. Hope you are well.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 months ago from SW England

      Wonderful, Dora! My father was an inspiration to me in all sorts of ways (as was my mother). He and I had such fun but he taught me well about behaviour and kindness. He was respected as the village optometrist so I saw how others appreciated him too.

      He died over 20 years ago and it still seems like yesterday - I often talk to him, sometimes out loud!

      Thanks for the wisdom and the reminder of my lovely Dad.

      Ann

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Linda. Not having my father around has opened up my eyes and ears to other ways in which I'm blessed, despite my loss. Grateful.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Antonio, thanks for your very uplifting comments about my father and me. I am grateful for his legacy of kindness.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Blogchick, despite our early losses, we still have so much for which to be grateful. Thanks for your comment and best to us going forward!

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, Dads are precious and I can understand you worrying about yours. Hoping that this Father's Day, the celebration will bring some encouragement to both of you, as well as to other family members.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It was interesting to read about your experience while you were a teacher, Dora. I'm sorry that your father died at such a young age. As always, you have included some lovely quotes in your article.

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      Antonio50S 

      3 months ago

      Hello Dora.

      Hope you and everyone here are keeping good.

      Your father must have been a really Good Man to be remembered the way he was. The way we treat others, the KINDNESS we show them, and WORDS we use, really do get remembered.

      You know Dora, Our Kindness may not always be appreciated, but Jesus words in ( Luke 6 ) Comes to mind. If we do Good ONLY to those who do Good to us, and if we Love ONLY those who Love us ( "WHAT CREDIT" IS THAT TO US ? ) Even Atheist and Sinners do that. In a back to front world, that is Real Wisdom coming from Jesus. Even Solomon would struggle with that profound Wisdom :)

      I don't think you need to worry about not remembering your Father Dora. He Impacted on your life maybe more in his absence than in his presence, by leaving you an "Incorruptible Legacy" Never met your Father Dora, but feel I already know him. Great Man.

      I also think it's your Father who's missing out by not seeing what a Special Daughter you've become.

      Tony.

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      Theblogchick 

      3 months ago from United States

      Hi Dora,

      Sorry to hear that your father passed away when you were a young age. My father also died when i was young. Your hub was an interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Your personal story is so loving and tender. I know your dad was appreciative knowing that the two of you met. I enjoyed the quotes as they remind me of my own dad, one of my very favorite people. He’s going through some medical problems so I worry s lot about him.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Phipps, thanks for your encouragement to me and your wise suggestions to other fathers. I appreciate your contribution. Have a very Happy Father's Day!

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      Ph[pps 

      3 months ago

      Thanks for sharing how your father impacted your life although you were never able to know him. Those of us who are fathers have to be aware that we would always impact the lives of our children positively or negatively. Finally I must add our ability to reach out to others even strangers may be greatest legacy we ca leave to our children as your article illustrated.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Shauna, happy that your dad is still around for you to celebrate. It is certainly worth everything that will bring those happy tears. Happy Father's Day celebration to you all!

      I had no knowledge of my father's friend until I went to work on his island. You could understand how thrilled I was to hear his story and to realize that I had reaped the fruit of my father's kindness.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 months ago from Central Florida

      Dora, the story about your father and the man who was kind to you during your teaching assignment gave me goosebumps. Did you know that the two of them were friends? Or was it Kismet?

      My Dad has always been a role model and someone who sees positive/good in everything and everyone. I'm honored to celebrate him on his special day. This year he's 82 and going strong. I'm having three dozen steamed Maryland blue crabs shipped to him for Father's Day. When we were kids growing up in Philly, one of our favorite meals were Maryland blue crabs. Messy, loud, no manners necessary, and yummy for the tummy. I'm sure my gift will bring (happy) tears to his eyes.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Eric. Happy Father's Day to you! Your children are blessed to have you as their dad. Enjoy each other!

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Liz, I'm happy that you can relate. Happy Father's Day to all your favorite male parents!

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora it took two times to get this read. Your story got me teary eyed - it is beautiful. I tried to pick a favorite quote. Not happening, they are all so meaningful.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      It's Father's Day in the UK on Sunday. This is a timely article and a fascinating reminiscence from your own experience.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, thanks for that beautiful share. That's really moving watching your son become a father, and it's awesome seeing him do a good job of it. You entire family must have an intimate understanding of God as our Heavenly Father.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Pam. I'm well and happy. Grateful that on Father's Day, I have a good memory of my father though I did not really know him.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      3 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      One of the most wonderful experiences of my life has been watching my son become a father. Just recently, his wife gave birth to their second child, and we felt the power of his love for that infant as we watched him interact with her. In that moment, I received a witness of the magnitude of Heavenly Father's love for each of his children, including me!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Ms Dora, I think I misunderstood and it was your father that passed away at such a young age. I am sorry that you lost him at such a young age. I certainly agree about the importance influence of fathers.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I really liked the quotes you included in this article, Ms Dora. It is a shame that the other teacher died before you could meet. I hope yu are well and happy. Have a nice weekend.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Peggy, I'm somewhat jealous of people like you who enjoyed the presence of your father. Still, I love to listen to the positive stories. Thank you also, for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I am sorry that you lost your father at such an early age. Mine died at age 55. I am so proud of him, how hard he worked, and the legacy of truth and honesty that he left behind. His word was his bond. Thanks for writing this piece about all the good fathers just in time for Father's Day.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Bill. I'm sure that his influence also helped you to become a good father. Happy Father's Day to you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Rosina. That quote is one of my favorites also.Happy for you that on father's day, you can remember your dad with fondness.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Mary, your are blessed to have had a father who influenced you and your friends. Enjoy the memories.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      What a beautiful story you began with. Very powerful testimony. Thank you for sharing this with us. As you know, my father was the biggest influence in my life, and I will forever be grateful for him.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      3 months ago

      Thank you, Dora, for your great article. My father left my family when I was a university student. His legacy helped me graduate and until I found work. Your article brought me back many fond memories of him. I love the following quote about a father's legacy in your article the best:

      “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ―Shannon Alder

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      Mary Norton 

      3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      You made me thought of my father. My childhood friends still talk about him today, how much they have learned from him. Thank you for sharing your father's legacy.

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