The Best Father

Diane Virginia

I have the best Father. He’s so good, I feel like I’m living a dream.

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My Father adopted me into His family when I was only a teen. I needed His love, and He was there for me. Even though I had a lot of character flaws, and even though I was insecure, He took me in—no questions asked, nothing disqualifying me from becoming part of His family. Now, I live every day to show Him my gratitude.

My Father has a wide embrace. Sometimes, when I snuggle into his arms, I feel like I could stay there for hours. He never turns me away, nor is He too busy to give me a fatherly embrace. I love to sit in His presence, not to get anything from Him—but just to be with Him.

My Father provides all my needs. He provides food, beautiful clothes, a place to live… Every need I have is met by His hand. Even though this is great, the calling He’s given me as I travel down this road called “life” gives me more joy than these lavish provisions—for knowing He believes in me, gives me a purpose for my days. This brings me great satisfaction.

My Father protects me. There are tough times I’ve gone through where bullies could have destroyed me, or even cost me my life, but my Daddy intervened at the precise time I needed Him. Now, these bullies are afraid of me. My Father has me covered, and they know it! They run when they see me, because they know I will call upon my Daddy.

Like any good father, Daddy disciplines me. When I have strayed from the good path, He has set for me, He straightens me out. My Father has made a list of ten commandments, and I know them.  He doesn’t make these rules to make it tough—He knows I need to stay within these boundaries to be safe. I try my best to follow them, but if I get off track, my Daddy forgives me, and He helps me to obey. I’m glad He cares enough to lead.

My Daddy sings over me. Especially when I’m afraid, I can rest assured He will sing a melody. I listen close, and rest in the peace that comes as His presence floods the room. Although He is invisible, I know He is there. Often, I sing to my Daddy, and it makes Him smile—and sometimes He laughs. He cherishes my love for Him, and I express this best by singing. He doesn’t even mind if I sing off key.

My Father has many adopted children, and one natural son. He loves all of his children. Even when every one us were going astray, it didn’t change His mind. It broke his heart that we were lost, so he had a long talk with his Son, Jesus Christ.

My Daddy asked his Son to pay the penalty of death for our transgressions. I cried when I found out how stiff the penalty was, and how Jesus willingly paid this price.

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Who but the best daddy would send his only son? Who but the best son would pay sin’s price? Now, Daddy asks His children to accept what His Son did. Jesus Christ rose from the dead, victorious over death, Hell, and the grave, securing a home in Heaven for all who call upon His Name.

Do you want to be a child my Father adopts? He wants you to be part of our family. We can have a new heart, and a new mindset by inviting Jesus Christ to come in. That’s what Daddy says. Through Jesus Christ, we have full access to the Father, for Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6b NKJV). I invite you to be part of our family.

Do you want to be part of God’s family?

Heavenly Father, I invite Your Son, Jesus Christ, to be my Savior, Lord, and soon-coming King. Thank You for making this way for me to be adopted into Your family. Thank You for being the best daddy.

Amen.

Scriptures for Reflection:

  • My Father adopted me; I can call Him “Daddy”—Romans 8:15
  • My Father embraces me—Psalm 16:11
  • My Father provides all my needs—Philippians 4:19
  • My Father protects me—Psalm 46:1
  • My Father disciplines me, having ten top rules—Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5
  • My Father sings over me through His Son—Song of Solomon
  • My Father asks me to invite Jesus Christ into my heart—John 3:16

Diane Virginia

Diane Virginia (Cunio) is the founder/director of VineWords: Devotions and More, the co-editor/co-compiler of Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing), and the author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press).

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