Sunday, 16 June 2013

COMFORT FOR THE FATHERLESS

FATHER’S DAY is here again! But what about those without fathers?

FATHER’S DAY! Once again we remember and recognise these heroes in the family who play a significant role as provider, protector, role model and teacher of moral values.

But not everyone is blessed with fathers. How about those who have no fathers? How will they feel during this season? They may have fathers who have left the family because of death or divorce. Or absentee fathers who spend most of the time away from home.

May the warm embrace of Abba Father comfort the fatherless at this time.

May the fatherless find strength and support as they meditate on the Word—that they might, in turn, be a source of encouragement to others without fathers.

And may they find comfort and succour as they pray in the Spirit and delight themselves in His presence.

May they find close friends with whom they can pour out their hearts—upon whose shoulders they can lean.

Finally, may they find purpose and meaning in their pain as they commit their lives to the all-wise God.

                                                                          
References:

As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
    he remembers that we are dust.
(Psalm 103: 13-14).

You have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
(Romans 8:15 b-16).

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
(Romans 8:26-27).

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
(Psalm 37:4).

For he sets the lonely in families (whether it is a family or a body of believers).
(Psalm 68:6).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

(Proverbs 3:5-6).


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