“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16
This past Sunday was a day where we celebrate and honor our fathers, biological or not. But for many, it was a reminder that this one person did not care enough to stick around. For many years, my father did the same; he lived life as if I had not existed. As strange as it may be I do not hold any hatred towards him because he led me to Him—my Heavenly Father.
I was in my car listening to the radio this past Sunday and the song “What love really means” by JJ Heller came on. I felt like this was the cry of many on this day:
“Who will love me for me? Not for what I have done or what I will become. Who will love me for me? ‘Cause nobody has shown me what love What love really means”.
Throughout the city of Chicago, there are thousands of fatherless youth and adults feeling abandoned, hated, and worthless. They believe that they are just mistakes and these lies lead them to places that they think fill the void: relationships, gangs, drug abuse etc. But that void can only be filled by the Father—the one who “knitted me together in my mother’s womb”. (Psalm 139:13)
“And I’ve watched you suffer all of your life. And now that you’ll listen I’ll tell you that I…” I will love you for you. Not for what you have done or what you will become I will love you for you I will give you the love, the love that you never knew”.
How did I come to know and begin my relationship with my Heavenly Father? There was a God who was zealous enough to come to this earth and build a Church —disciples with a mission. And I hope that as you read this you grab a hold of the Father’s heart; he is the
“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation”. (Psalm 68:5)