Dear Fatherless Friend,
God intended you to have a father. He intended you to be loved and cherished and trained by a man who loves you in a way only a father can, and you’re not or you weren’t. I can’t help but think of what Ann Voskamp writes in her book One Thousand Gifts, “It’s ok to not be ok, to not feel strong, to carry an unspoken broken. It’s ok to be real and grieve losses and hold each other tight.” So, I’m sorry. There is more for the fatherless, though…
The only reason fathers have the ability to love their daughters is because God first loved. Think of it this way, at the moment you feel love towards someone, it is because God is loving you. God and his love are not going anywhere. He is faithful, even if others have proved you otherwise (1 Corinthians 1:9). Today, you may need to fill up on God’s promises a little more. Take it from someone who has tried her hardest to prove him anything but, he is trustworthy. I promise.
Today’s prescription: Scripture
Dosage: 10-30 times daily
Psalm 10:17-18a (NIV)
O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble and oppressed;
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear to hear,
To vindicate and obtain justice for the fatherless and the oppressed…
Psalm 10:14 (NIV)
But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you, you are the helper of the fatherless.
Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Isaiah 61:1-3 (NIV)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.