To us a child is born, to us a son is given … and he will be called … Everlasting Father. ~ Isaiah 9:6
A few years back I ran across this statistic: The average father in America spends five minutes a day with his children. As a busy father of three that stat really hit home. Five minutes a day!
As parents, we try to do right by our children. We try to work hard so we can provide a good life for them. We try to make every effort so that they can have many different opportunities in life. But even as we work so hard and try to do so many things, we often fall short. As parents we don’t always get the time that we want to have with our children, and even when we do, it is too often rushed or full of impatience and inattention. Tempers flare and unloving words are exchanged and we go to bed realizing that we were not the best parents we could be.
Does it comfort you to know that our Lord and Savior is also called the Everlasting Father? Our Lord is always there for us and he always wants to spend quality time with us in his Word. He is always ready to listen and to forgive and to encourage. He is never short with us and never too busy for us. We are always the apple of his eye and precious in his sight. We are always the most important priority in his schedule. What a comfort to know that he is always there for us in his Word!
As dads and moms we will always fall short of being perfect parents. That doesn’t mean we give up or resign ourselves to failure. Rather, filled with the love of Jesus, Everlasting Father, and motivated by his free and full forgiveness, we will continue to strive to be like our Lord. We will strive to be patient and kind and forgiving with our children, just as he is with us.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, Everlasting Father, thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for your care and attention. Thank you for saving me from my sins. Move me with your love to be the kind of parent you want me to be. Amen.