We are revisiting a few of the devotionals written by your church family during this last week of the church year. Starting Sunday, November 29, as we begin the season of Advent, you are invited to read with us as we use Rev. Terry Hord Owen's new book of Advent devotionals, Imagining a New World. Pick up a copy at church, contact us to get one mailed to you, or receive each day's devotional, in one-week batches! Sign up at Chalice Press to receive the devotionals directly to your email. Click here, and when prompted, enter congregational code ADVFCCLA.
“And, I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”2 Corinthians 6:18
It was my dad’s birthday last month, and even though he celebrated it in Heaven this year, I thought about him and what a great dad he was. He and my mom gave me and my siblings all the unconditional love and sense of security that any child could ever need and took us to church, so we would have a church family that loved and looked after us, too.
I never fully appreciated my safe, “boring” childhood until I had a roommate in college whose childhood was anything but. To this day, she is scarred by a childhood which left her with a pessimistic and fearful worldview, while mine is marked by optimism and trust in the faithfulness and provision of God.
I read a devotional recently which touched on this trust in God. The author, Valorie Quesenberry, said this:
I read somewhere that being willing to lie down at night and go to sleep evidences our trust in God — not only trust that we will be safe but also trust that He can run the world without us.
Being Wade and Kathryn’s daughter gave me confidence in myself and the willingness to try new things and explore my world, secure in the knowledge that they would always love me, rescue me, and welcome me home.
Being a child of God means having a Heavenly Father who delights in me, who loves giving me gifts, who wants to spend time with me and who has plans for me, plans to prosper me and give me hope and a future, as promised in Jeremiah 29:11. It means I can close my eyes at night and sleep, knowing that my Heavenly Father, who doesn’t sleep, has got the whole world in his hands. One day, he will welcome me home, too.
Father God, thank you for being a creative, loving parent who takes delight in His children. Help us to live in the peace and joy of being your children, rather than as orphans in this world. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, amen!
Offered by Carole Madere
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