Our Father

Portion of Rembrant’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son” – 1699

“And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”

Luke 15:20

Are you fatherless?

Did your earthly father fail to love you well? Was he abusive or absent altogether?

If your Dad wasn’t much of a father, I’m very sorry. I can’t imagine what that must feel like. I can’t imagine the hole, the void that must reside in your heart.

If you’re reading this now and these words apply to you I want to encourage you that you can have another Father.

A Father who draws men unto himself. A Father who is steadfast in his love toward his children, who delights in them and numbers the hairs of their head. A Father who sees the pitiable state of his far off sons and daughters and runs to greet them in a loving embrace.

A Father who clothes them in his best Robe and for his wayward son he kills the fatted calf so that the heavens and the earth might celebrate the return of that which was lost.

There is a Father who can fill that void and make it run over. A Father who will love, defend, cherish, embrace and celebrate you as his own if you would but believe and turn to him.

Turn toward your heavenly Father, confess your sinful state and acknowledge your need for him and he who has already made a Way for you will embrace you as his own.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.”

Luke 15:17-24

Happy Father’s Day to all.

About R Kyle McDaniel

Hey there! My name is Kyle McDaniel, I’m 39 years old and I live in Fort Worth, TX with my wife Kitty and our two kids, Henry 3 and Catherine 1. Both Kitty and I are “from” North Texas but have moved around here and there throughout our lives but this area has always felt like it was home for us. 1/7/2021: I figured it was time for an update. The four of us became the five of us this year as we welcomed our third child to our family, our precious baby girl Vivienne Coers McDaniel. Vivivenne means “alive” and Coers was my wife Kitty’s maiden name and it’s French meaning “heart/s” and it’s our faith the Lord will one day give her a new and living heart to fulfill the meaning of her name. Kitty and I met in December of 2010 and were married on July 28th, 2012. We had both come to know the Lord and be born again before meeting each other and have seen our relationship with Him grow and mature through the years of our marriage as we’ve learned to love each other as He has loved us. We are just a regular family I guess, just people who really need Jesus and love him very much. If you feel lead to reach out, please do so, we’d love to hear from you or anything you think the Holy Spirit would have you share with us. God Bless, Kyle
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