Daddy and me

Daddy and his first-born. That would be me.

Daddy, I’d like to have just one more date.

A time when we could sing and stay up late.

When we could reminisce and talk

About things of the Lord and how to walk

Here on earth in holiness and peace

Following Jesus with sweet release.

I’d hold your hand and you could pray God’s blessing on me

And I’d know just one more time that I’d be free.


Your prayers have gone before me every day of my life.

Your strength has led me through times of sorrow and strife.

It’s hard to not have you here.

To not know you are near

To not know your love and your life so good.

Your calm heart that always understood

When my faith was weak and small

Your faith, though, it always stood tall.


I gained strength from your wisdom

And insights into truths of the Kingdom.

You led many to the Heavenly Father

And then you took them even further

To learn how to walk on this earth,

To really have life and new birth.

You said we must walk in His steps

To study and know His height and His depth.


As a pastor you were a faithful friend,

Walking with your flock to the end,

Supporting them in sickness and health,

Giving them a drink of life that was real wealth.

You loved them and prayed for them.

You carried them when things were dim.

You shared Jesus with them when they wanted to quit

And you spoke truth to them when they needed it.


You struggled through your childhood,

Born poor and ragged, hungry and cold.

Yet your beginnings made you stronger,

Made you patient and able to last longer,

To love more completely,

To follow Him more deeply.

You loved your mother, father, sister and brothers

And brought them to your heavenly father.


Your unconditional love

Was so like the Father above.

For whenever you committed to my mother

You stayed by her and loved her like no other.

And when God took her home to stay

You grieved for her night and day.

And then when God brought you a new wife

You loved her, too, with all your life.


As a father, you were like no other.

You’d get up in the middle of night to hover.

When I was sick or needed a drink or a light

You were there to comfort and give sight.

When I’d whisper” Daddy” in the middle of the night

You’d come from another room to turn on the light.

In college, when I’d want to come home for a spell.

You would drive for miles with many stories to tell.


As a teen, I’d come home each night

To find you kneeling by a chair praying with all your might.

You had a date with God your father each day

Because you lived by what He had to say.

You taught me more by example than by word

Although I took to heart everything from you I heard.

You worked hard and provided all our needs

And planted blossoming, loving seeds.


You held our family together through thick and thin.

You gave us purpose and a way to win

Over disappointments and all that has been

Weighing us down with worldy pleasures and sin.

You loved us when we succeeded

And you held us when we failed.

You prayed for us each day on your knee

Keeping us from harm and praying for us to be free


It’s always been amazing to me

That your life growing up with your family

Was filled with difficulty and strife

Still you knew how to love us and give us life.

Your father wasn’t always around

But as a Daddy you were purpose-bound

To make sure we were loved and accepted

You were always there and we were never rejected.


As a friend, you’d give the shirt off your back

Or money or food or groceries in a sack.

If you could help someone, you would

And you’d share Jesus with them, as we should.

You’d fix their roof or mow their lawn.

You’d give them a ride or sit with them ‘til dawn.

Your life was given in service for others

And each one you met was a sister or a brother.


As a grandpa, you were our sweet and loving Poppy

Who wanted to see his grandkids serve the Lord and be happy

And when one would recite a verse or sing a song

You were there to encourage and make sure nothing went wrong.

You were one of their biggest fans

The one always rooting for them in the stands.

And now today, I believe, with God’s love

You’re still rooting for all of us from up above.

For the Word says, “Seeing that we are encompassed about

With so great a cloud of witnesses,”1 and so I shout,


“I’m down here, Daddy, you see me, I know you do.”

I’m living the life you showed me to

By your consistent example and loving care

Following your Lord, trying always with others to share

Your life was one that was honest, compassionate and true

Faithful to God in all that you’d do

Now I know what you’d want more than silver or gold

Is that everyone would live for Jesus and be hot, not cold.


You’d want our lives to matter for our Lord

To fight the enemy, using the Word as a sword

To lead the battle for victory and right

Always asking for wisdom and insight

To find those who don’t know Him

And help to open eyes that once were dim

So they can see that true purpose, direction and peace

Only comes from Him who is our Perfect Prince of Peace.


And today you’re dancing on the streets of gold

Not sad or tired, not gasping for breath or cold.

Down here your voice had gotten faint,

But up there you’re shouting with the saints.

Talking with Peter and Paul and Titus and John

Sitting at Jesus feet wide-eyed as He talks on and on

Listening to David playing the fiddle

While the angels sing a gospel tune with Daddy in the middle.


You’ve had 10 years at Jesus’ feet

Yet every one of His words you want Him to repeat.

We’ve seen your life and we know

It is possible to overcome even here below

If you could live so true, then we can too.

We can follow Jesus in all that we do.

Remember, one day I’ll meet you there at the Pearly gate

And say, “I’m ready now, Daddy, for our heavenly date.”

DAD-Teresa wedding 1977

My father walking me down the aisle.


Happy Father’s Day, Daddy

Rev. Ernest F. Shields, 1931-2005

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has four more books, "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon and under the book tab on her website. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab. Also check out her blog at