An Unsung Hero, A Poem Dedicated to Step-Dads Everywhere!

A Step-Dad's role in life,
Is a very rough row to hoe.
He's competition with the first guy,
In the kid's eyes, as they grow.

If he truly loves their mother,
He'll love them as his own,
Seeing to their every need;
Until the nest they've flown.

It's a great Step-Dad who raises you
By the truths in God's Word he's believed,
Takes you to a Gospel-preaching church,
And makes sure the Gospel you've received.

"You don't have the right to chasten me!"
A complaint Step-Dads often hear;
Still they bravely discipline in love,
With scoffing going in and out each ear.

He must do what is best for you,
As unpleasant as it may have to be,
Though step-children are just loaned to him,
He has accepted "father responsibility."

He must tread lightly through your heart,
Remembering that you love your Father, too,
And whether you lost him by Death, or Divorce;
The choice definitely wasn't up to you!

He must stand before our Heavenly Father,
When he reaches Heaven's door.
And, since he came in as a "sub" for Dad,
His responsibilities have required much more.

So, we honor on this very special day,
The men who've "stepped in" without fuss;
The men who guided family and home.
The Step-Dads who "stepped-in" for us!

Other folks may not understand
How you can love him as your Dad.
They may view you as disloyal;
As two parents they've always had.

They just don't know the way kids feel.
When their Step-Dad is quite a guy,
Who guides them through all their years,
And is hero enough to try!

My "Daddy, " Walter C. Van Nuys, and Our Son, Douglas Younce
My "Daddy, " Walter C. Van Nuys, and Our Son, Douglas Younce

This is my Step-Dad, Walter C. Van Nuys' and, Yes, I called him "Daddy." I don't mean to imply that he was perfect....he wasn't. He was Grandpa to my children and he was a fine man and he loved my Mother. We had the privilege of leading him to the Lord during the last year of his life. He came to church during the time he was here. He was a member of the "Greatest Generation" in WW II and an army medic. Everyone was glad to see him coming.

It is not my intention to start "World War III" in my family; but to give credit where credit is due. I am sure they all have it sorted out up in Heaven, where everyone looks at things the way our Lord does.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." -  Philippians 4:8

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