My father, from an early age you taught me to be true,
But when I wavered on what that was, I could always look at you.
You taught me how the Lord comes first at work, at school, at play
But how much easier that became when you practiced that each day.
Dear child, I may not perfectly that narrow path traversed
But when you see me fail, dear child, I pray I will reverse
For fathers come, they teach us much, and character is fashioned
By what we think and say and do, by each prayer and passion
Dear Father, help me teach my children to walk in holy ways
But let me do that by my living, I have but a fleeting, few days
May Your lessons, Lord, they come to learn at my feet of clay,
Instill a faith that will survive ’til they get to the Judgment Day.