The Glory of Sons

Last year, I came across Proverbs 17:6 — “Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons is their fathers.” And it moved me to pen the poem below.

I believe this verse speaks about leaving a godly legacy with our children. The glory here is spiritual beauty, not physical. I haven’t always been the best son, but I know my dad has always loved me in spite of my hardheadedness. We are connected–father & son–and nothing can break that tie. Much like our bond with the Heavenly Father–don’t you think?

Over the years, we’ve had our disagreements, but I know Dad is serious about God and wants to glorify Him. We love each other dearly. So I want to post this poem to honor him, not because he’s perfect, but because he’s faithful.

The Glory of Sons

by Scott Johnson

He cradles you now, oh son,

Appraising with proud eyes.

The precious child, little one.

He wipes your tears, stills your cries.

Our youth, how time overcomes.

Oh fathers—the glory of sons.


He disciplines you with care

Though the rod surely stings.

You call him unkind—unfair.

He looks past these things.

And back to fellowship he runs.

Oh fathers—the glory of sons.


Bring him joy, young man—not despair.

Honor him though your ways will part.

He loves you more than you’re aware.

Hide his wisdom in your heart.

Guard it fast from the evil ones.

Oh fathers—the glory of sons.


Under this clay shadow, we grow,

By God’s favor, His design.

He held the title first—you know.

In Christ, the true pattern we find.

A faith passed on, a legacy won.

Oh fathers—the glory of sons.


Other poems by Scott:

There’s a Mom for That

Awaken, Oh Night

Blinking Forest

Heaven’s Bay

Bulletproof Birds

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7 Responses to The Glory of Sons

  1. Mildred Aenchbacher says:

    This is beautiful Scott. I know your Dad is so happy you wrote it to honor him.

  2. Mike says:

    A lot of good words in there. We do look past a lot of things as I know our fathers had to look past things in us – and our Father does even now.

  3. Pingback: Thank You, Dad! | Trails of Life

  4. Outstanding Scott! I’m glad I came across this this morning. What a way to start my day. Great writing! Jay

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