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Current Blog...                     DADDY'S HANDS                    6/13/2021
                                                             Holly Dunn

       Christian fathers (and mothers) tend to raise Christian children who grow up to carry on Christian values. As Father’s day is right around the corner, it’s good to refresh ourselves with what the model of a Father should be. The song, Daddy’s Hands, written by the late Holly Dunn brings out many Christian qualities. Fathers need to be prayerful, comforting, responsible and hard-working, respectful of Mom, right-living, and giving guidance through loving correction. Such ideas are no surprise coming from Holly, who was raised in a Christian home.
       Holly Dunn was born in 1957. Her dad was a minister and her mom was gifted as a painter. Holly was musical from an early age and was already touring with a band when she was in high school. Her brother was also very talented and later became a prolific songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee.
       Holly went on to attend Abilene Christian University, but her connection to her brother catapulted her into the limelight with song collaborations like Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind, recorded by Cristy Lane. Eventually, Holly moved to Nashville and worked as a “demo-singer”. Her and her brother continued writing songs and were hired by CBS Records, then MTM Records, and then by Louise Mandrell who’s top-10 hit, I'm Not Through Loving You Yet, made the charts in 1984, co-written by the pair. By 1985, Miss Dunn was signed to a record contract with MTM.
       Holly certainly had a bright future and was a rising star. She recorded nine albums during her career, but one of the most memorable hits she had was on her first self-titled album. The song was, Daddy’s Hands, which reached number seven on the charts. Here are the lyrics . . . Listen to it on YouTube:

Daddy’s Hands
I remember Daddy´s hands, folded silently in prayer
And reaching out to hold me, when I had a nightmare
You could read quite a story, in the callouses and lines
Years of work and worry had left their mark behind

Daddy's hands were soft and kind when I was cryin´
Daddy´s hands, were hard as steel when I'd done wrong
Daddy´s hands, weren't always gentle
But I´ve come to understand
There was always love in Daddy´s hands

I remember Daddy´s hands, how they held my Mama tight
And patted my back, for something done right
There are things that I´ve forgotten, that I loved about the man
But I´ll always remember the love in Daddy's hands

I remember Daddy's hands, working 'til they bled
Sacrificed unselfishly, just to keep us all fed
If I could do things over, I´d live my life again
And never take for granted the love in Daddy's hands

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       How we need models today to remind us of how important Fathers are and how they should live out their lives, shaping their children with strong Christian values for future generations.
       While Miss Holly Dunn passed away in 2016 at the age of 59 from cancer, her music and her legacy live on. What legacy will you leave for your precious children?
       “Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], Even when he is old he will not depart from it,” (Proverbs 22:6; AMP).


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