For Father’s Day

To all the loving fathers in the world, God bless you. This beautiful song, Angel’s Lullaby, by Richard Marx, written for his own babies he rocked late at night, expresses the heart of a true father, and is dedicated to the father of our household. Happy Father’s Day.

(See the comment section for the lyrics to this song.)

19 thoughts on “For Father’s Day

  1. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    I was never alive
    ‘Til the day I was blessed with you.
    When I hold you late at night,
    I know what I was put here to do.
    I turn off the world and listen to you sigh,
    And I will sing my Angel’s Lullaby.

    Know I’m forever near,
    The one you can always call.
    Right now all you know to fear
    Are the shadows on your wall.
    I’m here close enough
    To kiss the tears you cry,
    And I will sing my Angel’s Lullaby.

    So tell me how to stop the years from racing.
    Is there a secret someone knows?
    I’ll never catch all the memories I’m chasing.
    I’ll never be ready to let go.

    And when the world seems cold,
    And you feel that all of your strength is gone,
    There may be one tiny voice,
    Your reason to carry on,
    And when I’m not close enough
    To kiss the tears you cry,
    You will sing your Angel’s Lullaby.
    Let this be our Angel’s Lullaby.

  2. Sam says:

    You couldn’t ask for a better stepdad! Tom (“Dap”) has been an example of patience, love, and consistency, and I am so thankful for his presence in my life. In addition to being a wonderful dad to us kids, he was also a lot of fun, always taking an interest in our latest hobby or passing interest as if it were his own. He would go out of his way to pay attention to us and play with us, and no matter how busy he was, he never made us feel like a burden.

    Perhaps the most important lesson I learned from him, though, was how to treat a woman lovingly and respectfully. I can’t think of a single instance of him raising his voice at mom or of him criticizing her in front of us kids. He openly showed her affection in front of us kids, and we always knew that he loved her more than anyone. As I grew older, I determined that when I was a husband (which I now am) I would want to treat my wife the way he treated my mom.

    Now that I’m going to be a father myself, I can gladly say that I want to be a dad like him.

    Happy fathers day, Dap! I love you!

  3. Lorrie says:

    Well between reading the words to that song (can’t listen to it on this computer)… and reading Sam’s tribute to Tom… I am REALLY feeling teary! LOL Just had to comment on that precious picture. So so sweet! Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there, including my own, and my husband too.

  4. Rose says:

    Beautiful…the picture and the song! Sam, that was a wonderful tribute to your step-dad. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank God for faithful godly fathers!

  5. Cheryl says:

    What an incredibly moving tribute from Sam to his stepdad….and what a Biblical picture of what a father ought to be.

  6. Will Schlueter. says:

    Thank you Dad, for your quiet greatness in our home. Your selfless reactions to selfish actions have served as a great model for me to follow. Your ability to go above and beyond the “Call of Duty” when things are going poorly is remarkable. Most people completely lose the right attitude when things get tough, but not you. Thanks to God for your wonderful ministry and effect on our family. Truly great people are admired by those who live with them, not just their acquaintances.

  7. Cheryl says:

    I’m not trying to hijack the comment section 😉 …but Will’s statement is profound. Truly great people are admired by those who live with them, not just their acquaintances.
    Another moving tribute…

  8. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Cheryl, I agree that it is profoundly so. One of my heroes is B.B. Warfield, the professor of theology at Princeton Seminary back in the late 1800’s. He is best known for his writings and books on the authority of Scripture during a time in seminaries (as it is now) when it was under great attack. But to me, his reputation as an excellent Christian man was revealed in how he treated his wife, Annie, who suffered paralysis soon after their marriage after being struck by lightening. He could have traveled the world on the lecture circuit, speaking to all of the big minds and names of the day, but he took the job at Princeton instead where he could sit with his wife every night and be a comfort to her. Because of his kindness and love for his wife, his writings on theological matters are still important today. Why? Because he was able to write so much by being home in his study with his wife nearby. That kindness is the mark of true Christianity, and even without having written a single line or having been a respected professor, he would have been a great man in my eyes. (And I’ll bet his wife Annie thought so, too.)

  9. Cheryl says:

    Ingrid…yes! Thank you for sharing this inspirational story. I have a feeling that there are many quiet heroes in the Kingdom of Heaven.

  10. Kris says:

    Happy Father’s Day Tom! You have inspired me more than you know. As kids, we just see one another as brother and sister. You were and are the greatest brother. Time
    passed…you became a wonderful husband, father, son, and brother-in-law. You have
    accomplished so much and have a great family. The Lord has blessed all of us. Thanks for the memories…Love always, Kris & Mike

  11. Jonathan says:

    Thank you Dad, for all the things you have done for all of us kids. For bringing me here to the US and for all the love you have given all of us throughout the years. The best Dad ever that would not trade you for anything.
    Love
    Jonathan

  12. Charlie says:

    Dear Dap,

    I think when it comes to step dads, they don’t come any better than you. Thank you so immensely for all the love and attention you give your family. You’re a great testimony of what a Godly husband and father should be. Love you Dap.

    Charlie

  13. Paula Coyle says:

    Simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I have to chuckle when I think of you listening to Richard Marx Ingrid… such a mix of music you come up with! Not that I mind at all, it’s just somewhat refreshingly eclectic.

  14. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    You haven’t begun to discover just how eclectic it is, Paula, ha ha. Tonight I was listening to Deanna Durbin, Phil Collins, Steve Perry and Bing Crosby. Oh, and Schubert.

  15. Lori Glass says:

    How did Charlie and Sam come up with Dap to call Tom? Very cute. Love the picture of Tom and Emmy.
    Lori Glass

  16. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Lori, when Tom and I married, the boys didn’t call him “Tom”, they called him “Steppie” which they came up with on their own. When Will came along, he fused Dad and Steppie and came up with “Dappie” when he was a baby, which was then shortened to “Dap.” 🙂

  17. Lisa K says:

    Ingrid – I thought I was the only one on earth with such “eclectic” taste in music – though I must admit you are equally eclectic!
    I love classic Broadway show music, old Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy music, “fun” music like the Go-Go’s, and sometimes alternative rock such as Foo Fighters.
    Many people have an affinity for music from the time when they were in their 20s. I am in my 50s and I know many my age who are attached to 70s music – not me though – I’m all over the place!

  18. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Nice to know I’m not alone, Lisa! My kids and Tom introduced me to all different kinds of music. I was stuck on classical for years – not in an educated fashion – just an “I like this” kind of way – from listening to our old WFMR station night and day. Tom has given me an education musically in so many ways, and his own CD collection helped a lot. Also, my son Sam became interested in Irish music when he took up the bagpipes in junior high school. He brought CD’s home from the library and I fell in love with Celtic music. He and I went to an Irish music concert one year and it was one of my all time favorite concert experiences. They had everything from a tenor singing
    ‘Danny Boy’ and an Irish band playing fiddle music and Irish dancers in those brilliant costumes, their feet moving so fast they were a blur. It was also one of my favorite memories, spending time with my son. The world and people God made are fascinating and there is beauty and creativity all over if you look for it. (And I ditch what isn’t good, because the base and ugly predominate in our culture now.)

  19. Lisa K says:

    We are a musical family as you are. Despite there being an abundance of base and ugly entertainment, I’m always able to find beautiful music – and not just “oldies”. I love the Celtic Women singers – lovely voices. My son is a music major also and plays in various bands and orchestras – all different kinds of music. In any given week he may play jazz, Roger and Hammerstein, classical and boy band pop depending on the gig!

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