Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Philippians 4:8
I’m the one who views in secret - the way you truly are. The way you really live your life. Not looking from afar, I see a Father full of truth - much different from the rest. Nobleness radiates from you, as you brave humbleness. Respectable, your earthly ways - too right to be ignored. Character that I desire, pervades our family cord. Purity emerges - deriving from your heart. A cleanliness that Christ doth see! A cherished work of art. Lovely are your gentle ways; quite tender is your care. Captivating, your love for mom; a treasure we both share. You’re a man to be admired, esteemed, and adored. Prized above a million men! For you, I praise the Lord. The most excellent example of Christ’s sacrificial love. The way you lay down your life for the ones you love. A Father who’s so loving, so gentle, and so kind. I’m thankful that our God saw fit, to make you, Father mine!
I wrote this poem for my dad, John Kennedy, for Father’s Day 2022. I remember contemplating the line, “Nobleness is sent forth from you, as you brave humbleness.” I went back and forth on the word brave. How and when would you need to brave humbleness? Yet, I felt it was right.
It wasn’t until we left Kansas University Medical Center on July 19, 2022 – with my dad’s diagnosis of ALS – that the line in this poem made total sense. It will take tremendous bravery to face the inevitable humbleness that ALS will bring. My dad is the bravest person I know.
This poem was featured in an art collaboration with Lioncub Creative