There’s a familiar painting in which Jesus is holding children in his lap.The eyes of the children are bright with love and Jesus looks fatherly. Many children today have no father upon whose lap to sit. Some grow up never knowing the man whose name is written on his or her birth certificate.
I knew a little boy who asked his mother about his absent daddy, and she answered, “He’s dead.” After graduating from high school, his mother told him the name of his father, who indeed was very much alive and lived close by. I can’t imagine the confusion this young man went through–no dad, dead dad, and then a dad dead to him as they had never met. He had a rough early adulthood with run-ins with the law, poor relationships, and with health and emotional issues. Unfortunately, he had not been introduced to his Heavenly Father, either, who had been there all the while.
Our children need all the help they can get to grow up to be good citizens. A traditional African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” True, but it begins in the home where parents should shelter their children instead of inflicting harm through lies.
Thank you, God, for being the real Father to us all. Amen.