The Good Father
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The Good Father

There is a poster on the wall of my office depicting the heroism of Desmond Doss, a non-combatant medic that won the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism in WWII.  This morning a young mother with her two little girls were looking at it when the five-year-old asked about the picture.  I was curious as to what one would say about such a man to an innocent child.  Her mother wisely said, “It’s a picture about a very good man.”  Immediately, without a moment’s hesitation, the little girl exclaimed, “Oh! It’s about Daddy!” He is a science professor at our little college.  He is a good man.  He is the hero in two little girls’ lives. Need I even have to say how grand it would be if all children would respond that way when someone mentioned a good man?  

Need I say how grand it would be if we responded that quickly to think of our heavenly Father when someone used the word “good”?  The Islamic community chants that God is great.  That is true.  I wish we Christians would add to that “and God is good.” He is such a good Father.  He adopts us into the family and enables us to be co-heirs with His son Jesus.  He is so unbiased and so unselfish that each of us, the redeemed, receives all the blessings we can contain.  See Romans 8.  In Ephesians 3 Paul prays for us to know the length and width and depth of our Good Father’s love and to know the love of Christ that fills us with all the fullness of the Father.

Written by Roger Bothwell on August 5, 2008

Spring of Life Ministry, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574