The Loving Hand of the Father

Mar 13

When I think of baby dolls and stuffed animals, I think of girls.  When thoughts of nurturing and caring come to mind, I think of mothers.  But I’ve overlooked someone important, the father.  

Colin has been begging to go to Build-a-Bear for quite some time.  He built himself a turtle and Faith a cat four years ago, when Faith was born.  He hasn’t been back.  So Monday, I took him to Build-a-Bear.  He chose a sweet little puppy and immediately named him Scott.  He marveled at choosing just the right soft heart to kiss and place inside.  He fluffed and brushed his dog in the grooming area.  I let him pick a shirt in which to dress his new puppy. He choose a black t-shirt with the planets on the front.  
Since Monday, Colin has cuddled, loved, kissed, and slept with little Scott. The first night when it was time for bed, I overheard Colin asking Faith if he could use her pretend washing machine.  He took Scott’s tiny tee off and “washed” it in her washer.  After the cycle was complete, he put the shirt back on and brought Scott to me.  “I’m pretending these are his pajamas, too, Mommy.  I just washed them, so Scott is all clean and ready for bed.”  Someday, my little man is going to make an excellent father.  
When nurturing comes to mind, we think of mothers.  We hear about mother earth and mother nature, but friends, it really didn’t start with the mother.  It started with the Father.  Our Heavenly Father.  He cares about us and nurtures us.  He cares about the tiny details of our lives.  He hurts with us, strokes our feelings, and gives us encouragement. 
This is an excerpt from an email that I recently received.  It’s a letter from our Father.  
My Child~
I know everything about you…Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up…Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all of your ways…Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image…Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being…Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring…Acts 17:28
I chose you when I planned creation…Ephesians 1:11-12
I knew you even before you were conceived…Jeremiah 1:4-5
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live…Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother’s womb…Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born…Psalm 71:6
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book… Psalm 139:15-16
I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me…John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love…1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you…1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your father…Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father…Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand…James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs…Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope…Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love…Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Ps. 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing…Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you…Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession…Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul…Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things…Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me…Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart…Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires…Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine…Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager…2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles…2Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you…Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart…Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes…Revelation 21:3-4
And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth…Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus…John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed…John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being…Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you…Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you… 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love…Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me…1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again…Romans 8:38-39
I have always been Father, and will always be Father…Ephesians 3:14-15
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen…Luke 15:7
Your Abba, Almighty God
Isn’t He amazing?

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  • Cheri Mar 13 at 7:25 pm

    What a great story of love God has given us to read! His love is overwhelming!

  • Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) Mar 13 at 8:15 pm

    So sweet. Like Cheri said, His love is overwhelming !


  • Christina Mar 13 at 9:57 pm

    Yes He is amazing. I am going to print out the little e-mail list.

  • kmom3 Mar 13 at 10:58 pm

    “We hear about mother earth and mother nature, but friends, it really didn’t start with the mother. It started with the Father. Our Heavenly Father.”

    I love that! I love the letter, too. He is so amazing to me, and yet I know, I do not even begin to fully comprehend how great His love is. Can you imagine when we finally meet Him? How my heart longs for those who do not know Him to taste and see that He is good. There is no other!
    Great post, Carol! I need to print off that letter and put it in my Bible. 🙂

  • Janet Roller Mar 14 at 12:38 pm

    We have a loving Father! Thanks for the post.

  • DeAnna Mar 14 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for the post, Carol. Yes, our rough and tough boys can be tender, too . What a great picture of how our Heavenly Father is. He is righteous and just and creator, but He is also loving and compassionate and merciful

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