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How blessed I am to have felt the touch of a loving father's hands growing up. They were working hands, strong. Made that way by many hours of county road work, but always soft and gentle with me. I can still remember the way he would tuck covers in around me, or lift me high above his shoulders and then act like he was falling. I was safe in the security of his love and protection and I knew he would always be there just when I needed him.
But others have much different memories of fathers, ones you would just as soon forget. Or maybe you have no memory at all, just a gaping hole where he should have been. Knowing that it was all on you, no father there to set things right or be your safety net.
For all of you I bring you the Father's love today......for we have a loving father who steps in to be your Dad....."A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling." Psalm 68:5
Maybe you never felt like you were wanted, but know this today, Your Father in Heaven did want you. He wanted you because you are here, breathing life right now. He is longing to wrap His loving arms around you and fill all those empty places in your soul where a Dad should have been.
He can bind up every wound, heal every hurtful memory. He can be all you never had right now.
I pray that Father's Day be something different this year, a time for embracing the Father's love, letting go of what could have been, and letting God fill you with everything He longs to give you.
2 Corinthians 6:18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."