father to the fatherless

For some reason for the past seven years I have been working primarily with students who have grown up in a household that lacks a father.  There are exceptions but by in large dad is out of the picture or might as well be. 

I wonder if these dads know the anger that their kids have.  I wonder if these dads realize that they are getting their kids off to a tougher start than others.  I wonder if they realize the affect on their child’s sexual identity or I wonder if they realize the lifetime of hurt they have caused.  I really wonder these things because like I said, I work with these kids, not dads who abandon them.

This weekend I found out that some friends were going through an adoption process, it didn’t really click to me until I got home but one of the ways that God is described is as a father to the fatherless. (Psalm 68:5) In the New Testament it says that we are the sons and daughters of God and that we are adopted into his family.

I always thought of the impractical nature of, God as a father to the fatherless,  “You should meet my dad, he’s so metaphysical!”  Children need a hand to hold, they need a face to grab, and they need to see the reality of their father in their lives.

It is so heart wrenching to see these kids and their issues when I know what it is like to grow up with both parents who were fully present.  God as father to the fatherless is a nice thought but not too practical, unless you think that you might be the physical extension of God’s hand into a child’s life.  God could be calling you to be the physical reality of a spiritual adoption.   What if God’s solution to abandonment and fatherless kids are adoptions and mentorship’s?  What if you are God’s solution?

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