In these troubled times, many people find the idea of a father who cares for them difficult to conceive. After all, what example should they base their perceptions upon?
Fathers abandon children before they’re born or when the responsibility becomes too great. Other fathers spend all their energy earning money and expect the byproducts of this windfall to express their love for them. Abuse, mental and physical, rains down upon children from this male caregiver.
I am one such “abandoned” daughter. After my parents divorced when I was twelve, I saw my father only sporadically. In fact, years passed between our interactions.
I yearned for a father’s love. I believe every human on the planet shares that hunger. Our Creator designed us to relish intimate relationships. Parent-child relationships are the foundational model for all other relationships.
If the word “father” doesn’t bring a warm, smiling vision to your mind – never fear. God’s intentional parenthood rests not in the hands of mankind alone. “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up” (Ps. 27:10).
In my world, the warm and fuzzy vision I get when I think about my father is of the cross on Calvary. My Heavenly Father proved his love by sacrificing His one and only legitimate heir so I could be adopted into an everlasting brotherhood.
My sons will never face the same doubts about “father love” that I had. My husband adores them in word and deed on a daily basis.
I’m thankful today for my husband and all the other fathers who bear up the mantle of fatherhood admirably.
For those of you who feel abandoned and fatherless. You’re not alone.
“[I] will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, ” saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Cor. 6:18)
Look up. Look into the Holy Bible. Embrace the Lord of all creation – your father before the world began.