Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father to the Fatherless

On Sunday, our church celebrated Father's Day, as did most churches in the United States.  I love Father's Day.  I have such a wonderful Dad who always showed me how much he loved me.  My dad is funny, sociable, sensitive, and all-around great.  I wish everyone had a dad like my dad.
I realize that many people don't have the capability to celebrate on Father's Day.  Maybe they don't have a dad, or maybe there dad is absent.  Even worse, maybe Dad is hurtful and abusive.
This Father's Day I realized more than ever that Father's Day, like EVERY day, is all about Him, our Heavenly Father.  We celebrate Him when we celebrate the love that our earthly dad's have shown us because it is He who empowers that love.  Likewise we celebrate Him though we have no earthly father because He is the only one that can provide, love and care for us perfectly anyway.  I love that God calls Himself our Father.  I think of all of the children who have never known a Father, who are orphaned, abandoned, or neglected whether physically or spiritually.  He knew that in life, we would be vulnerable and lonely without fathers, so in His love, He decided to be the BEST at it.  I love this verse..."Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families."

Psalms 68:5-6
So whether you have a father or not, like your father, or hate him, we can all celebrate Father's Day; the day that God became our Father and gave us a place to belong.  I hope that you know Him as your Father today.

1 comment:

Alison Treadaway said...

I may be behind in reading but when you adopt is he a newborn? Or will he be a toddler?