Fathers are one of the greatest blessings that children can have. I remember my father when I was growing up, and how he loved to have fun and spend time with his children. He was a hard working man but he never let his work get in the way of loving his children. Even though my father passed away several years ago, I am looking forward to seeing him again in Heaven and I have felt closer to him since he has been dead than when he was alive.
Many of you have fond memories of your fathers as well. You remember a man who loved you, cared for you, took the time to instruct you and even chastise you when you were wrong. However, some people, children and adults, do not have those fond memories. Some of you have fathers who died when you were young. Some of you have fathers who were killed in war. Some of you have fathers who were absent in your life for whatever reason -- some because they thought work and career success was more important than spending time with you. And still others of you unfortunately do not know your father at all because he abandoned you at birth or as a very young child.
Whatever your relationship is with your biological father, I want to tell you about a father-child relationship that you can begin today -- in fact you can be born again into it today -- no matter how old you are. For over thirty years now, I have enjoyed a relationship with my Heavenly Father that is far greater than my relationship with my earthly father. My Heavenly Father is the God who not only created the Universe, but the God who made every individual, including you. The Bible says in Isaiah 64:8, "But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."
+ Plus, listen to Matt Redman singing "The Father's Song"
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