Sam and I write a lot of love notes to each other.
Normally we prefer to keep such notes to ourselves,
but the other day I wrote him a poem and for some reason felt inclined to share it.
Have you heard of the Proclamation to the World on the Family?
It was issued by the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a.k.a. Mormons) in 1995, and it states our beliefs with regards to the sanctity and importance of the family.
I love how beautifully it states, "By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, father and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners."
This poem expresses some of my feelings
about the sacred responsibilities given to men in general
and specifically those given to my husband.
(He's only gotten more handsome with time!)
A Father's Roles
The mantle of fatherhood
On your shoulders, just 24 years young.
As we blissfully held
Our newborn son,
To principles of faith we clung.
Our path was sure,
The way marked clear,
Our duties and roles were defined.
As father you'd preside,
Provide and protect,
While I'd nurture children sublime.
So on we've traversed
Adding two children more,
Learning more clearly with time
How best to fulfill
Those roles so assigned,
How to honor those duties divine.
I watch you preside
As our family you lead
Without force or dominion awry,
Gathering our family
In reading and prayer,
Teaching children to walk in the Light.
Curing cancer by day,
Programming by night,
Your work ethic can't be surpassed.
But you balance your time
So remarkably well,
Church and family never come last.
Your frame, big and strong,
Makes me feel so secure,
And stout courage fills your heart.
Protecting our family,
Is another place yet
Where you ever act well your part.
Your God-given gifts
Rendered to help
You fulfill these masculine roles,
You have honored and held
In highest esteem.
As your wife, my joy is full.
And my joy truly is full.