Heavenly Parent

"Ask, and you will be given what you ask for. Seek, and you will find, Knock, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Anyone who seeks, finds. If only you will knock, the door will be open. If a child ask his father for a loaf of bread, will he be given a stone instead? If he asks for fish, will he be given a poisonous snake? Of course not! And if you hardhearted, sinful men know how to give good gifts to your children, won't your Father in heaven even more certainly give good gifts to those who ask him for them?" Matthew 7: 7-11 (TLB)

What a wonderful God we have - he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4 (TLB)

Michael Morelan lives in Alabama. Being a parent doesn't come with a job description or manual. It is on-the-job training all the way. As a father, Michael is always learning.

Michael is no superhero or mighty pillar of strength. He is only a parent. When his child hurts, he reacts. When his child cries out, he hears. When his child asks for assistance, Michael does what he can to help.

So why doesn't Michael let his heavenly Father do for him what he is more than willing to do for his own children? Why does he try to do it all himself? Michael is finally learning to go to his heavenly Father when he is frightened, lonely, bruised, or hurt.

God reassures us: The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing" (Zeph. 3:17, NIV). Michael is learning that God is waiting to give him comfort as a parent who wants the best for him, a father who will pick him up in his arms. God our Father won't go away - ever!

I love to picture God singing over me and the music brings comfort to my soul. Music is soothing to a baby and to the elderly and for many in between. Our heavenly Father is so in love with each of us; it is beyond our understanding. And the more You return that love, the more You will get.

Prayer: Teach us, O Lord, to trust in your unfailing love, in Jesus' name. a,em

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