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Here’s your 90 second AM devotional!
1 Thessalonians 2:11
For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children.
In addressing the young church at Thessalonica, Paul reminded them that as leaders they had cared for them as a father cares for his own children. It is insinuated that the father at that time in history was present, and that he guarded, disciplined, and loved his children whole-heartedly.
It’s hard for me not to think of my dear father when I read this passage. From the earliest I can remember, my dad cared for me. When he would see me in the morning or at the end of his workday his first words were “Hey Hey Rich.” He always had a smile. When he disciplined me at times, he cried. But dad always promoted me, was happy to see me grow, mature, and in time, take his place. Certainly we will never take God’s place. Thank God! However, our loving Heavenly Father cares for us. We are the “apple of His eye.” When He must correct us, and with me it’s often … He does so with care, maybe even a tear. When we acknowledge Him in worship, I know he must be saying, “Hey Hey Bill” or “Hey Hey Katarina.” The last words I heard my father say on the phone to me the week he passed were, “Hey Hey Rich.” That’s the Father’s love. It never ends.
Thank You today for Your care over my life. Thank You most of all that Your love never ends. Amen