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My wife Vantoria had a great idea that we incorporated at our church for Children's Day. After worship was
concluded the children and parents gathered in the fellowship wing to read letters that was written by parents
to their children. It was a very moving experience as some parents cried as they read their words to their
children. I was one of the parents who wrote a letter along with my wife Vantoria. This very personal and
meaningful exercise took me down memory lane as I wrote to my son. I remembered the day that Vantoria
told me that she was expecting. I immediately got on the phone and called my Mother first and then my
Mother in law. I remembered the many times when I laid my hand on my wife's abdomen to pray for our
unborn child. I remembered the trips to the Doctor and the first sonogram. I remembered the morning that
Vantoria's labor began and the eventual birth of our son Bernard Quincy Boulton, who was born six days
after Father Day that year. I remember Quincy growing through the stages of childhood. The first time that
he walked, his first immunization shot, his first day at school. The first time he led a song in the church
choir.


And I remembered the fears of being a Father. The financial struggles of working temp jobs with no security
and very little income creating many fear for me the first year of his life. I remembered the times I felt so
inadequate in providing for my son. I remembered the times when I wondered was I good enough to be a
Father, did I have what it took to raise this boy to manhood? Was I successful enough to give him a
consistent example of what it meant to be a man and a father? I remembered the pressure and the pain of my
own unrealized expectations. Vantoria had to read my letter to Quincy because my voice was hoarse from
preaching that afternoon under the strain of allergies. As I listened to the words that I had written the day
before I was moved to tears. I thanked God for my wife's great idea that gave me an opportunity to give this
gift to my son.


And so I'm sharing this idea because I'm not one to sit on a great idea. I was inspired to share this gift with
every Father that would read these words this weekend and beyond this weekend. And I know that this is
your weekend to be celebrated and appreciated. This is your weekend for fun, fellowship and gifts. But I just
thought I would encourage you to give a gift to your child or children. As a Father you have already given
so much. You gave your child life and security. You have given them values and faith. I just wanted to give
you an idea to give them your words. Words that they will read long after Father's Day is over for this year.
Words that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. Happy Father's Day and remember it is a blessing to
give as well as receive.


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