As I sit and #slowitdownSunday, I’m reflecting on a topic God put in my path numerous times at church this morning – and it is still stuck in my mind tonight. I’m still not sure why God keeps bringing this to me – maybe it is for one of you that really needs to hear this tonight.
Part of our Sunday School lesson talked about the role of fathers. There were some astounding statistics around children that grow up without a father. A few of those statistics included:
40% of children in America are growing up without a dad
Those children are 2x more likely to drop out of school
2x as likely to commit a crime and get arrested
Girls without a father…
53% more likely to get married as a teenager
111% more likely to have children as a teenager
164% more likely to have an out of wedlock birth
92% more likely to get divorced themselves
WOW. I had no idea that the reality of a missing father figure had this kind of impact on our society.
BUT. I do know a father to the fatherless…
This is GOD. He is the only hope.
Once again, God brought this to my attention today. Our choir sang “Your Great Name” during worship and one line says this:
All the weak find their strength at the sound of your great name
Hungry souls receive grace at the sound of your great name
The FATHERLESS—they find their rest at the sound of your great name
The sick are healed and the dead are raised at the sound of your great name
Wherever you are tonight. Father. No father.
He will never leave you.
He will never disappoint you.
He will always be by your side.
Just call His name.
He is our heavenly Father.
We have each been adopted into His Kingdom – if we believe and have called out His name.
And He lives.
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