Ps 103:13 The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.

            Today it is difficult, if not impossible, to know and have a relationship with our father. I was never close to my dad. I only saw my dad and his family for a few weeks every summer. By the time I was twenty I had had four step-fathers. I never had a close personal relationship with any of them. Because my mother raised me in church, I knew that Jesus loved me but still felt something was missing.  

            I had unmet needs of trust, affection, security and comfort. As an adult, I found it difficult dating and often found the wrong men to supply a loving relationship. Again, I felt something was missing. When I rededicated my life to Jesus, he gave me the solid, loving relationship I had craved for so many years. With time, fellowship, and learning how to live a Christian life, I had what was missing all my life. Someone who never leaves you, no matter what.

            As Wayne and I became closer, we knew that having a relationship first with God then each other was the only way to build a long lasting bond that would last a lifetime. We married within three months after we met, and it lasted until he died forty-one years later.

God is not only my Lord and Savior, he is my Father. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly, he is there. He listens to my happy rejoicing and my sad, desperate tears. As a widow, I know he will take care of me. Whatever you are dealing with today he is waiting for you to ask for his help. He will be your father just as he is mine.

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