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Our Father, Which Art in Heaven

Thursday, August 22, 2019

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“But though direct moral teaching does much, indirect does more; and the effect my father produced on my character, did not depend solely on what he said or did with that direct object, but also, and still more, on what manner of man he was.” – John Stuart Mill

Several weeks ago, I went on a Youth for Christ camping trip as a cabin counselor. While I was unsure of what to expect, I am very happy to have gone. I had an amazing time and saw the Lord work in many young lives.

During my conversations with the boys in our cabin, I quickly noticed a common denominator. Sadly, most of the boys came from broken households, in one form or another, many without a father figure. Having grown up in a traditional family setting, it was difficult for me to empathize with these boys. Still, I could see their pain and did my best to pour Christ’s love into them.

One young man in particular asked to share his story with me, and it is one to which 99.9% of people cannot possibly relate. Remarkably, he is well-adjusted, mannerly, and calm in disposition. Still, he stated his need for a male influence in his life, and I did my very best to meet that need over the five days at camp.

But I cannot truly fill that role in his life. Nor can I for the countless kids at camp experiencing the same problem. So, what is to be done? At the time, I could only point them to their Heavenly Father. They may not have one on earth, but the Creator of all loves them more than they could ever imagine.

Isaiah 64:8 says, “But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Psalm 68:5 reads, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” Ephesians 4:6 states, “One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Whether you have a wonderful relationship with your earthly father or have never known him, we as believers all have one Father in Heaven.

“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” 1 Corinthians 8:6 ESV

- Christopher Glading, Director of Programs and Publicity

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