O God, my Father… Abba,
You know how my life has been marked by rejection and abandonment and ended relationships, and only You fully know the way it is all wrapped up in Father’s Day. I confess this past week I have dreaded this day, this Sabbath that is set apart to celebrate and honor the fathers (and by implication, the husbands) in our lives. I’ve dreaded it because I’m reminded of the frailties of the men who have stood in the place of father and husband in my life, and have focused once again on the hurt they have caused.
Forgive me, because I continue to forget that this life isn’t about me and what hurts or pleases me, but about how it points to Your glory and sufficiency in and through all things. And forgive those who with their human imperfections have failed to model You in their authority over me, and have instead hurt me deeply. As You minister to my heart the perfection of Your Fatherhood, bring healing and release from the bondage of unmet expectations. Free me to love with Your love.
Your Word says, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God…” and it tells us that we “have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’”
You are my perfect Father, and I honor You on this Father’s Day. You will never die or abandon me or choose someone else instead of me. You won’t ever say, “I don’t love you anymore.” You will never disinherit me. You planned my place in Your heart before the foundation of the world and never make me feel like an inconvenience or an afterthought or an unwelcome responsibility. You never change – Your requirements are righteous and come from a heart of love. You discipline me with firmness and consistency, not winking at my sin one minute and exploding in wrath the next.
You are clear in Your expectations – You never make me guess, and then change the rules so my guess is wrong. You never make me feel like I have to struggle to earn Your love and then continually fall short. You never make fun of me or put me down.
You delight in my devotion and always want to know what’s on my mind. You are never too busy to spend time with me. You always do what is best for me and never take advantage of my great need for You. You provide for me perfectly, even lavishly. You never break covenant, but fulfill all Your vows to me – even beyond what I know about. You are eternally faithful. You laid down Your life for me, and I rejoice in the contentment and security of Your overpowering and all satisfying love.
Thank You for redeeming my life and my mind from the pit of despair and setting me on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ. Thank You for the love perfectly expressed in Your Fatherhood that covers and frees me from the sin that has broken my heart. Thank You for drawing me to Yourself – for being my tower of strength and my refuge… my Father… my Abba.
But as for me, I shall sing of Thy strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Thy lovingkindness in the morning,
For thou hast been my stronghold,
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
O my strength, I will sing praises to Thee;
For God is my stronghold,
the God who shows me lovingkindness.
With the psalmist I say, “… in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy.” Amen.