The Father’s Love

 How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind

take refuge in the shadow of your wings. (Psalm 36:7)

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Were you blessed with a Daddy who showed you glimpses of the Heavenly Father?

 DADDY

“Faster, Daddy! Faster!” Riding on the white horse named Bluebird at my grandparents’ ranch in Texas with my father. Flying across the field, dust billowing behind us, hair blowing wildly in the wind, laughing and not afraid. Daddy was there in control of the reins.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

DADDY

Riding in the back of the station wagon. No seat belt–1962. My brother and I playing, watching the cars pass, calling out our colors in a game called “Keep It.” No thought of fear or worry, falling asleep peacefully. Daddy was driving.

If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

(Proverbs 3:24)

 DADDY

Name-calling, pushing, shoving. Bullies in school. Daddy said life was unfair, to hold our heads high, to not be like them. He would talk with the principal.

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:14)

 DAD

First date. Rules and expectations. A hug and kiss goodbye. Curfew reminder. Waving on the porch. Waiting with the lights on. Reading and looking at his watch, over and again. Hearing the car approach. Rising to open the front door. Sharing a quiet talk before a hug and kiss goodnight.

The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

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 Not everyone had a Daddy like this but those of us who did knew and understood something about God’s love and security from our father at an early age. For some, the Father’s Image was seen through another child’s Daddy instead of their own or even through an encounter with a stranger. But the perception of what the Heavenly Father is like was planted. The seed could grow into faith.

We need Godly examples for our children, men who reflect the Image of the Heavenly Father in their words, their actions, their lives. Children need a Daddy who shows them a love, a guidance, a sacrifice like the Father of us all. But sadly, too many examples are missing in children’s lives today. Seeds are not being planted to raise those who will follow the Lord.

Every child needs a Daddy. Every child deserves to see the Father in that Daddy.

Who will be the example?

 

footprints following dad

 

(Sharon  G. Tate blog 06/16/19) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

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BROKENNESS Made Whole through Christ

 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted

 and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

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BROKEN. Shattered pieces surrounding him. The boy looked down in despair. Where would he start? How could he make it whole again? Dropping to his knees to pick up the bigger pieces first, he began the attempt to form the outer shape. It was like a jigsaw puzzle but with uneven, jagged edges. He sloppily glued the pieces together the best he could until, gradually, piece by piece, a vase was somewhat identifiable. It was his great-grandmother’s vase, a family heirloom. How could he present it to his mother, who cherished the vase? The pieces did not fit as they should. The breaks were visible everywhere.

The boy waited in anxious anticipation, fear, and shame for his mother to come home. When he finally heard the key turn in the lock, he carefully lifted the makeshift object, sighed loudly, and brought it to his mother. Head drooped, he held it out to her. The mother looked intently at her son, reached for the poorly glued shape, carefully inspected it, and then walked over to the stand where the vase had always been, placing it on her mother’s beautiful handmade doily. The boy watched this scene with confusion and fear, still expecting some form of punishment from his careless act of playing too rough near the vase.

But the mother saw his contrite heart, held him close, and led him to the vase. She said the vase was more beautiful with the scars. “It is brokenness,” she said, “that unites us all, from great-grandma to grandma, to me, and now to you. The pieces of our lives may shatter around us, but we get on our knees before God who helps us glue the broken edges back together to allow us to continue on in this life through our mistakes. Although the scars still show, we can be whole through the One who had scars in His hands, feet, side, and body. His brokenness allows us all to be whole inside while carrying with us the scars of this life.” Gently touching his shoulder, she left him alone by the vase.

The boy knew his mother was speaking of Jesus. She had taken him to Bible class and worship every Sunday. He wondered if everyone at church was BROKEN with SCARS. He reached out to touch the sides of the vase. It was rough but holding together in a new form, fragile and in need of a better potter than he had been. He walked away, pondering these things in his heart.

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The jagged edges and visible breaks in our lives remind us that we can never be the Potter who makes the clay into the vessel of a perfect, seamless creation.

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

BROKEN. Scarred. Humble in spirit before the Lord, our Creator and our Redeemer. This is our sacrifice to Him who was broken for us.

 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
You, God, will not despise. (Psalm 51:17)

(Sharon G. Tate blog 06/09/19)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word