Pray then in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be your name.’ - Matthew 6:9 (NASB)
I’ve been thinking about Father’s Day and how it originated. One fact I found on the History Channel is that Father’s Day was proclaimed a federal holiday in 1972. It’s a day where a father is remembered or shown appreciation for being one’s father.
There are some who become sorrowful on this day because their father is no longer alive or maybe they had a neglectful father or an abusive father. We all probably know someone in this situation or maybe we relate through our own experience.
In my childhood, I didn’t grow up understanding what it was like to sit atop my father’s shoulders, his hand holding mine while walking in order to keep me safe; the things that make a child feel secure and loved. This experience showed me the patience of God as He pursued a heart that didn’t understand His love.
Through a long journey to adulthood, God showed me that He is a Father of the fatherless (Psalm 68:5), He supports the fatherless (Psalm 146:9), He is the Redeemer, He pleads the case of the fatherless (Proverbs 23:10).
God has shown His love and faithfulness as my Heavenly Father and I still have a lot to learn about His love. He showed me that Jesus had a “stepdad” and blessed me with a stepdad and restored a relationship with my earthly father.
On this Father’s Day may we acknowledge our heavenly Father, the one who created our inmost being, whose eyes saw our unformed body, who says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139). We have the love of our life who yearns to show us, His love. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your love, may we be able to receive the love You have for us, may we love You, our Heavenly Father, with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30).
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