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Daddy loves you!
Daddy Loves you!
Today I remember 7 years ago when my father, Frederick (Bill), William Thompson, Jr., passed away. I think about him a lot when I “engineer” or analyze a drawing, a document, a task or a plan. I think about him when I do things that reflect what he did, like putting little labels on drawers and paint jars, and appreciating handmade wooden furniture and puzzles, and finding satisfaction in a job well-completed. I’m grateful for the little and big traces of good things that came to my life because of him.
If any of you struggle with the kind of father you had, I want to encourage you in the knowledge of your heavenly Father Who is perfect and ever-present in your life. I receive Rabbi Schneider’s newsletters each month from Discovering the Jewish Jesus. In them, his wife, Cynthia, sensitively shares her devotionals. In two of them, she shares about being “re-parented” by God.
She writes that, “Our identity is formed through the eyes of our parents. So now, through the blood of Jesus, the past is washed away, and you embark on a new journey of knowing your perfect parent, Father God, and who you are through His eyes. Continue to seek to lock gazes with the One Who is never worried and always confident in the future. Reach up, as a child, to release your concerns to your confident Father and take His hand. He will show you the way as you cling to Him. Let His Spirit carry you into His peace that passes the understanding of this world, and follow Him. Your Father is strong, all-knowing, and trustworthy, and He loves you.” Thank you, Cynthia, for those amazing words!
So, today in my father’s honor, I would like to honor my heavenly Father Who I pray to reflect more and more in 2019.
If you would like to read what is found on the back of our Avinu/Abba card, please keep reading below.
Blessings and love in Him,
Avinu Abba – Engulfed in His Gaze
The Hebrew word Avinu means Father. The Hebrew word Abba means Daddy.
“But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and Thou our potter, and we all are the work of Thy hand.” Isaiah 64:8
“To as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become the children of God, even to those who believe on His Name.” John 1:12
“We have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
Our God is a perfect Father. He has borne our sin, taken us into His arms and called us His own.
He loves us, listens to us, strengthens us and cares for us. He holds, molds, leads, protects and comforts us. He is near, accessible and ever-watchful.*
He cherishes us. He said of His people, “…He who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.” (Zechariah 2:8b) His children are the center of His loving attention, His precious treasure.
The apple of the eye is the pupil, the delicate opening that receives images and light. We are engulfed in His gaze, the kindest expression toward us that we could imagine.
As our Father, not only does He tend us with detailed care, but He rejoices over us with joyful singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8
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