Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
No matter how absent or imperfect our own fathers were, each of us has developed a view of ‘good’ fatherhood from those around us. Fathers are (supposed to be) protectors, comforters, teachers, fully trustworthy, bigger than their children in mind, soul and strength, providers of all necessities like shelter and food, and all-wise, all-knowing. These are the attributes that God holds out to us, as our Father. Jesus spent a lot of time soaking in the Fatherhood of God. When his disciples asked him to teach them to pray as he did, Jesus pointed them first and foremost to spending time with God, as one of his many children. “When you pray, say this... ‘Our Father...’ From this one phrase, from this relationship, stem all seven petitions Jesus recommended his followers explore and make their own in the nearer presence of God through times of prayer. Whether I sit, walk, stand, kneel down or lie down, I am always free to pray, to talk to my Father, to our Father and behold his provision and his guidance for the present moment. Will I take time to get to know our Father? Holy Spirit of Jesus, teach me about our Father.
You will show me that path that leads to life; your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever. (Psalm 16:11 )
By our actions we tell Him of our love.
Elizabeth of the Trinity
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.