to my dad

happy birthday: today, June 29th, is the forty-first birthday of my dad. He has been a father, husband, and spiritual leader for almost twenty-two years now.
From the time I was born, I have looked up to my father as the most influential individual in my life. If I could have been as good a son to him as he a dad to me, I would set a new world record. My dad has had to bear tremendous burdens, but through them all he has still managed to be, ‘dad’. He has had to provide for our family: oftentimes he has worked two or three jobs at a time. As far as I remember, we have never gone hungry. We have always had a roof over our head, water in our faucets, electricity in our sockets; He has been a political leader: he has been the state chairman for the constitution party for more years than I can count. He ran for Commissioner of Agriculture in 2007. He was an active member of the Pro-Life movement for many years, and still gives them support now; And last but not least, he has been a spiritual leader in our family for twenty years. My Dad has had an enormous impact on my spiritual life, particularly towards my conversion. He has helped and guided his kids for every year of each of their lives. God has blessed our dad; he has blessed our family through our family.
We live in a culture where dads are degraded and undervalued. And they in turn degraded themselves. In this generation of deadbeats, bums, drunks; or even nice guys, who put on a form of Christianity but care nothing for their families, pretending to be dads, a good dad is like a light in the darkness.
‘Sure,’ we say, ‘dads nowadays stink. I mean, even the nicest guys lose their tempers, or get upset, or lose control easily. And worse, they have to make things so much harder for us kids.’ I think we, the next generation, need to appreciate dads, and the sacrifices they make, a good deal more. A good dad supports and leads his family, while putting up with grumbling children, (particularly teens) , who care for no one but themselves, and believe they are entitled to all things under the sun. Our dads live under enormous pressure, and we need to do a better job of seeing that.
We all need to do a much better job of praying daily for dads that the Lord would give them wisdom and strength for the trials they face each day, for as our culture demonstrates, they can’t do it without Him. That they would keep their eyes on Christ, through every hard time, and that they would be given wisdom to lead their families in a way that glorifies our great Heavenly Father. An lastly, we ought to pray for the young men out there who are destined to be a father. Our dads our moving in a rapid downward spiral, with each successive generation worse then the first. We need to pray that God would remove his anger from us, and that the upcoming generation of Fathers would shine forth his blessings.
Leslie Riley. Husband. Father of twelve. Former “foster father” of an additional three. Friend of multitudes. Spiritual leader. Political speaker. Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture. Political party leader. Writer of books, and of articles on subjects ranging from movies and politics, the Church and Eschatology, and the Work of Christ. Blogger. Supporter of family. Farmer. Gardener. And all the other attributes, greatest of all being: Child of God. To be sure, Leslie Riley will leave behind a shining legacy, foreign to many of his forefathers, that his children, grandchildren, and great great great grandchildren will remember for years to come.
And those words, which God spoke concerning one who would prepare the way fro Christ, the last time he would speak to his people for almost half a century, bear the same significance in our own time: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. Malachi 4:6

  1. #1 by RileyDad on June 30, 2008 - 6:51 pm

    Thank you Son.

    You couldn’t have given me a better gift than this if you had given me a million bucks ( of course if you have a million bucks, that would be nice , too 🙂 )

    Happy Birthday to you, too !!!


  2. #2 by brandon on July 1, 2008 - 7:23 am

    You are a threat to the gates of hell, Jacob

  3. #3 by amongchosenones on July 2, 2008 - 4:53 am

    Proverbs 17:6
    Grandchildren are the crown of old men,And the glory of sons is their fathers.

  4. #4 by Hannah on July 2, 2008 - 7:56 am

    Happy Birthday Mr Les!!!

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