Like so many others, my father worked very hard to ensure our family had everything we needed. I remember hearing him leave for work while it was still dark and at the completion of the long day, he would reappear with the evening light. As I recall, my father did a great job being our provider, teacher, and yes, friend. Also, as it is with many fathers, myself included, he would admit that he wished he could have done more.
During his earthly ministry, Jesus spent a generous amount of time telling people about the Father. Our Lord teaches us just how valuable and loved we are by our Father in heaven. God, who is the perfect outpouring of love, creates and sustains all that is found in heaven and on earth. God is all knowing, all seeing, all compassionate and forgiving of all our sins. Even as we are not worthy to call upon God in times of need, Christ makes us worthy through his sacrificial life and death. We need not worry; God provides all that is needed. Certainly no one could ever do more. So, as our Lord Jesus taught us, we are bold to pray, “Our Father.”
Prayer: Father in heaven, we thank you for hearing our prayers and providing all that is needed so that we may live in the comfort of your mercy and grace. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila,
Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.