A Father’s Love

I just got back from feeding Sydney and I saw the most beautiful thing.  When I looked down at her, she opened her eyes and looked right at me.  At that moment, our eyes met and I could see my reflection in hers.  It warmed my heart as I truly saw myself in her and it made me think of God and how He feels as He looks at us and sees Himself in us.

A father’s love is something I can now fully understand and it is sad to me that there is a generation among us known as the “fatherless” generation.  How is a child supposed to believe their heavenly Father loves them if their earthly father abandoned them, or worse abused them? Here at the Ronald McDonald House, we hear heartbreaking stories every day.  Currently, there is a family here who are fostering a child whose parent broke almost every bone in his body.  The growth plates in his legs are broken so he will never be tall.  To give him just a little extra height, they will have to break his legs over and over again to put spacers between his bones.  This makes me so sad to think that someone could do that to a defenseless child and I know that it makes God even sadder to see one of His children abused.

Even though the love I feel for my daughter runs deep, it pales in comparison to the love God has for her.  I can only show her a glimpse of the love the Lord has for her because His love is everlasting and never fails.  God is the perfect Father and every good gift we ever receive comes from His hand.  His plan for our future is filled with hope, no matter what has happened in our past.  I pray that this young child will know love from an earthly father, but more importantly from his heavenly Father.  As a shepherd carries his lamb, so God carries us close to His heart because we are His treasured possession.  One day He will wipe every tear from our eyes and He will take away all the pain we have suffered here on earth and nothing will be able to separate us from His love.  Each day that passes, I tell myself we are one day closer to going home and beyond that, I put my trust in the Father’s love.

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One thought on “A Father’s Love

  1. sheri odle says:

    Jeff I am at a loss for words as I read your updates. God is giving you such insight to things that just blesses so many. God is using Sydney via you to encourage a very needy world. I can’t help but think about the scripture”God uses the simple things of this world to confound the wise”. We think we know everything but in light of your love for Sydney and your example of how much God loves us, I have to ask , do we really know how much he loves us? Thank you Father for Sydney and thank you for Jeff.

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