I would like to start off by saying Happy Father’s Day, but I know for many of you this day is anything but happy. It is a reminder of exactly what is missing in the lives of you and your children. On the other hand, I want to say Happy Father’s Day to you, because right now, many of us as single-mom’s are having to be mother and father to our children. So in a way, today is your day just as much as Mother’s Day was!
I know that today more than other days, your heart aches. It aches for what you once had, it aches for what you never had, and/or it just aches at what you have to watch your children live without. My heart aches!
However, today, I would like to remind you that you have something amazing that you can celebrate. That is the love of a perfect father! You and your children have a father who loves you more than you could ever imagine.
Psalm 68:5; “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” reminds us that God is the father to the fatherless. The omnipotent Creator of the universe, is your father! Have you ever really stopped to think about that? I don’t know that I ever really did until the day my kids were suddenly left without a father. It was then that, as I studied the scriptures, God continued to bring verses to me that showed Him as father, as protector, as the one who takes care of us…all the things a father should be! One of the first verses he showed me was Isaiah 40:11
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young”
When I finished reading that verse…I remember thinking…how have I never read that verse before. Well it wasn’t that I had never read it, it was just that it never jumped out at me before the way it did now. I love the …he gently leads those that have young. I remember thinking…that is me! I am the mother with young that he will gently lead. He will carry me and my children close to his heart.
I know right now, you are hurting, so let your Father carry you and your children close to his heart. I know you might feel lost, so let your Father gently lead you through each day. And today, instead of focusing on what our children don’t have, let’s focus on what they do have….a brave, amazing, mother, who loves them with all that is in her and a true, always loving heavenly Father who will NEVER, EVER leave them!