That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Thought for the Day: God loves us
Working with my Daddy many, many years ago on a youth retreat was such a joy and in that instant was the moment I realized he looked at me as a colleague of sorts rather than a young girl. I remember vaguely the chats we had about the theme and message planned for the retreat and how we would work together to bring the youth into God’s presence. I remember he planned the activities and talks, and I planned the songs I would lead and some small group discussions. I remember feeling like someone important as I was a “co-director” at a retreat working with my dad. I got to go into the “chaperone” areas of the camp and was able to have discussions with the other leaders. My daddy gave me a chance and believed in me during that retreat. It wasn’t long after the retreat that I decided I wanted to work with youth in churches. I took what he taught me along with what I learned from my Wesley Foundation leaders in college and began my thoughts about becoming a youth director. It was later that I made the decision to begin my teaching career, and I was able to cherish the time I worked with youth. So, that moment that I realized that my Daddy trusted me as an adult and colleague created something special in my heart. That experience working with my Daddy gave me the knowledge and courage to enter into directing youth, and he also helped give me the courage to go another direction when the time came. He supported me, and I knew without a doubt that he loved me and was proud of me.
My dad has now been gone nearly 10 years and I still feel the love in my heart that he has for me. Even more, in these years, I feel the love of our Eternal Father. Today, as I thought about that strong love my Daddy had for me and about God’s love for us, I thought about the song “How Deep the Father’s Love for us”. Our Heavenly Father’s love for us is vast beyond all measure. He gave his only Son to die on the cross for each one of us. Jesus suffered terrible wounds and then died for us. He took our sins to the cross with him. Wow, that is love. That is the love of our Father, our Daddy, who took care of our sins and takes care of our every need today. How do we picture God, we picture Him as our “Daddy” who loves us and leads us through each day.
Prayer: God, thank you so much for giving us our earthly fathers to lead us through life’s lessons and decisions. Thank you for being our Heavenly Father who loves us beyond any measure we know. Be with us as we go through our daily lives to see You and to see that You are leading us as we go through each day. We love you, Lord. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Father’s Day