The Greatest Inheritance

The Greatest Inheritance

by Terri Bonin


Twenty six years ago my dad stood at the altar with me and my then soon-to-be-husband. I was one of three daughters my dad gave away in marriage that summer, and now, having grown children of my own, I dont know how my dad made it through that ceremony without blowing snot everywhere on stage! Yes, this is a happy, wonderful transition, yet it’s an emotional one. The gravity of how fast the growing up years pass is surreal! Children are a gift, a blessing and temporary residents in our home. Its like one day you’re holding an infant and the next you’re giving them away in marriage. The saying in the blink of an eye” is oh so true!

Knowing that time is fleeting, my dad summed up in a song what mine and Troys union should look like on a daily basis. He summed up what he and my mom had done for me. Dont get me wrong, my parents arent perfect, like Troy and I arent (It runs in the family!) But one thing they did…made up for any imperfections they might have. 

They gave me…


And for that, I am literally eternally grateful!

Here is the song my dad sang at our wedding alter…


You can give your children houses

And you can give them lands

And the riches of your efforts 

And all your best laid plans

But of all that they inherit

Of all that you could will

Please include the unseen treasure of the life

That God has filled

Because the greatest gift a father can give

Is a life lived for Jesus

And the Greatest gift a mother can give

Is at the Knowledge of the Lord

Pass Him on to your children

Hes the gift that keeps on giving

The greatest gift is a Life lived for Jesus

And Someday the house will crumble

And time will turn the land to dust

And when all accounts are empty

Where will you invest their trust?

But of the riches that you give them

Its the wisdom of His ways

Then the wealth you leave your children

Will last through all their days

Our marriage has not been perfect because were human, but the one thing we have strived for together above all others is to give our children Jesus. 

His friendship. His love. His salvation. 

The knowledge of Him IS the greatest inheritance we can pass on generationally. What are you passing onto your children?



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