Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Special thanks to Peggy Graff and her guests for providing this uplifting and inspiring addition to us in her Hymn-a-Day May series. I pray that these paired daily selections will uplift your spirits and feed your soul as much as it does mine.
Psalm 103:13-18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
13 As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
14 For he knows how we were made;
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for mortals, their days are like grass;
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
As Father’s Day approaches, we have this passage from Psalm 103 that compares the compassion of God to the compassion of the most loving father. One of the many images of God in scripture is that of a Father. There are others, of course. Just to name a few: God is like a mother eagle (Deuteronomy 32:11-12), God is like a comforting mother (Isaiah 66:13), God is like a nursing mother (Isaiah 49:15), God is like a woman in labor (Isaiah 42:14), God is like a vineyard owner )Isaiah 5:1-7), God is like a builder (Job 38:1-18), God is like a potter (Jeremiah 18:1-12), and the list goes on.
The image of God as Father brings to mind the very best of what fatherhood is about. Jesus addressed God as Abba, which is generally translated as “Father,” but is actually a much more intimate word. Perhaps a better translation would be “Daddy.” The depth and breadth of that love is perfectly seen in the life and teachings of Jesus.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster