Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 6.18.21

By June 18, 2021Daily Bread

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the thoughts and words of this reading that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

Today’s Scripture:

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.

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

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.

There is a lot of theology woven into hymns. To enhance today’s reading, I recommend listening to “God, Whose Love is Reigning O’er Us”. I hope you will take a few moments to let the words of this message and the emotion that always connects us to music connect with your soul. 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
Senior Pastor


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