Saturday, June 20, 2020

Our Father God

"that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me." 
John 17:23 NKJV

The gospel of John, chapter seventeen, is Jesus' prayer to His Father. In verse twenty three of John seventeen Jesus prays that His followers will know that the Father sent Him and that the Father loves them just as He loves Jesus. Pause and think about that for a moment. Your Father God loves you just as much as He loves His Son, Jesus. How mind blowing and heart healing is that! 

Growing up, I actually didn't think much about Father God. When I thought of God I always thought of my Savior and Friend, Jesus. The truth is, Father God was a stranger to me, much like my earthly father became to me in the years after he left mama and us kids for another woman. I knew he was still my dad and that in some way he still loved me, but the truth was, in the real ways that a good father cares for, provides for, protects and is interested and involved in the life of their child, my father was no longer there for me. It wasn't until I was married with children of my own that one Father's Day weekend, mourning my lack of a close relationship with my own father, I suddenly realized how well Father God had cared for me in my dad's absence. He had cared for, provided for and protected me in very real and evident ways. I realized that all along, my Father God had indeed been interested and involved in my life. There hasn't been a Father's Day since, that I haven't paused to thank God for being such a good Father to me.   (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, June 21st, at Woman to Woman Ministries, where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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1 comment:

  1. I commented over where you shared, but just wanted to drop by! Father's Day is always a little hard - because even though I know God is the BEST Father - it's a day that makes me realize what I missed. My heart was full yesterday - My husband is the best day. We have new grands (one not even a week old) - and my sons are good, good days. I thank God for bringing me into His heart - and becoming my Dad, though it took me a long time to understand who I was to him. Your message was a message too many young women need today! Shalom, Elizabeth - thanks for sharing your message! ~ Maryleigh


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