Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. I John 3:1 NKJV

Dog father’s do not always get to be with their offspring as puppies. Puppies are kept with their mothers for at least eight weeks and then many leave their littermates to live with humans who take over their love, care, and education. There are as many family scenarios for pups as there are for humans, ranging from loving to dysfunctional.

Whatever type of home we provide for our family or whatever type of home you are a product of, one thing is for sure, God loves us. He loves us just as we are. He provides all the love, care and education that we need to survive in this world.

Psalm 103:13 states, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him”. 2 Corinthians 6:18 tells us, “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty”. Luke 15 records the parable of the Prodigal Son. The father in that story loves unconditionally and is waiting with open arms.

Our verse in I John calls us children of God! No matter where our earthly father’s are in our lives, God is our father and he rejoices to have us as his children. We don’t need to be lonely. We don’t need to be sad. Our heavenly father is there to comfort us and assure us of a heavenly reunion with our family if we are the children of God.

So if you’re feeling like you’ve lost your littermates or are far from home on this Father’s Day, remember, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Call out with the Psalmist, “Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I”(Psalm 61:1-2) and He will!



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