Pastor Gregg Walsh, Executive Pastor
I have been given the privilege and blessing of being a grandfather. I get to love and hug another generation of children – that are partly my own. I have developed and become deeper and richer in attitude, temperament, patience, wisdom and graciousness. But I can remember it was much different when raising four children now in their adult years. It seemed that the family was in hyper warp. We were on a mission to feed, educate, nurture and prepare them for independent living. At the same time we were learning to be wiser parents ourselves. As parents, we cherish those joyful times. And thank God for His help in the many challenging times of guiding teenagers! I am observing personality patterns repeating from parents in their children up close. It is amazing!
In today’s reading the writer prophet reminds the children of Israel how much God the Father cares for them—even in spite of expressions of personal selfishness like focusing on substitute gods, or making poor life decisions, or not having any desire to cultivate a confined walk or worship their Heavenly Father. The writer makes clear that the Father desires and aches to have a personal and intimate relationship with His children.
God’s heart and passion for His children does not change! He forgives quickly and many times over after His children make mistakes. Our heavenly Father extends grace and unconditional love. My heavenly father coached while parenting. Parenting today is just as challenging. God is so faithful; His commitment and love for us is unbreakable. As a young teen, I found great meaning in Psalms 68:4-6. “A father of the fatherless…” (vs. 5a) God has shown me grace and love. He is a great trusted model for a parent or a grandparent.
How can I encourage you today? I know your Heavenly Father knows the weight you are carrying. Ask Him to take it from you. Perhaps it’s a clean heart and the beginnings of a fresh chapter that you seek. Then ask our Heavenly Father for forgiveness. Or it is something hurtful or a deep loss recently? Then hurry to your heavenly Father. He will comfort and hold you! Jesus Christ, His only Son was sent to earth to die for our sins. Father God thank you for being a good God and loving me!