For His Daughter

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On a recent night, where as a family we gathered to say goodbye to a daughter moving to another side of the country, it struck me just what exactly does the Father feel for His daughter. Yes, this is not about me as a father to my daughters, but it’s a pondering into just what the Father must want for His daughter.
I think about what I want for my three brothers; for them not only to be responsible adults and loving and respectful partners, but to be safe and respected and loved and cherished by the men in their lives; by all men in society – and most girls.
As a man I very well know how men think and the way they feel and the challenges that a person faces only in treating women with the respect they deserve; that all humanity deserves. I know as a pastor, a counsellor, and as a chaplain just how much I’ve fallen short in my thoughts and feelings and activities, as a guy I mean.
I rationalised that, even in endeavouring to live a godly life, I still struggle to attain to the standards of thought, feeling, and action which I would like to meet. I am so fortunate that the women close to me have been gracious in understanding that although my intent reveals possible, my deployment is occasionally awry.
In recent days I have seen attacks on feminism like every male who speaks up for females in society has fallen for some trick. These men and women against’feminism’ are deluded. Naturally, violence against anyone is unacceptable, and girls aren’t immune from being violent, but men own the bet in how to proceed if the world has any hope beyond violence.
I find it a ridiculous argument that men denounce women’s rights to safety when they use an aggression cloaked in all kinds of vile apparatus, including inappropriate humour that’s supposed to be amusing but is just simply disgusting. And weak women join in. Some of us are beyond loving anyone.
What must the Father want for His daughter?
Surely, he needs His daughter to be treated as if she is a princess. Because she’s a princess.
Does a man lose anything for treating a woman like a princess?
Where has the chivalry gone that says,’I choose to treat you as amazing for who you are.’
Every father worthy of being known as a father should want goodness and favour for his daughter. And that is just the earthly father. How much more does the Heavenly Father want that for His daughter? Needless to say, we could ask what the Father desires for his son, and the Father must want his son to prosper as the protector of life, and to revere the Father’s glory at the women about him.
To be correctly egalitarian, I think it’s crucial we get the sex differences right.
As the father of three daughters, having seen them interact with the men close to them, having seen them interact with me, I understand it is not their nature to abuse men. They follow their guys, always desiring their men to lead by way of protection and respect. I know few women who would be capable of abusing men for the want of it. Sure, I have seen women that are capable of abusing men, and I wonder what role men have played in the development of those in question. Men aren’t blameless.
The Father wants the best for His daughter.
The Father demands that His daughter be loved by being respected. The Father wants no fear against His daughter. The Father expects that His daughter could flourish. The Father is a gentle nurturer. And the Father promises to travel with His daughter.
And if we care anything about God we ought to do His will.

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