The preacher and the father of the bride were standing together talking shortly before the father was to give his daughter away to be married.  It was a very serious moment for the father, and he wasn’t paying much attention to what the preacher was saying.  Suddenly, he said out loud, “I wonder when the last time was that I held her.  If I had known, it was going to be the last time I would have held her longer.”

Every father should give his children time and attention while there is still time.  The Bible says, “For what is your life?  It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14).  It seems that most people are pursuing everything except that which is really important – God and His church and family.

All of us need to step back and take a sober look at our emphasis.  Not only will our children and grandchildren soon be grown but our lives will soon be gone.  We need to think about that and make sure our priorities are in order.

Ken Tyler



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