A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing… (Psalm 68:5-6 NIV)
This is the time when children all over the world write or are encouraged to write letters to “Santa Claus” telling him how good they’ve been and what they want for Christmas.
One day, maybe in my early twenties, I remember my childhood babysitter Mary Ann telling me and showing me the actual letter I wrote to Santa when I was about nine. As I read it, I was shocked about something I wrote; actually, I was shocked about a couple of things.
In the letter, I, like most children, had expressed that I was good and I wanted something for Christmas. I was admitting that I was a good girl WHO LOVED GOD. It amazed me that at that age I was aware of God and professing my love for God. I then remembered, since I was young how God through my mom, my former church, my babysitter (who gave me my first children’s Bible story book), and circumstances in my life, showed His love and His existence to me even as a young girl.
Isn’t it great that God wants to and is willing to cultivate a relationship with us even when we are young? We don’t have to wait until we are older to know and have a relationship with God. Isn’t it great that He is present even when our hearts and minds are absent towards Him?
The next thing that shocked me in this letter was what I had asked Santa for. I didn’t ask for a baby doll, Barbie and her Escalade, etc; well maybe that was in another letter. However, I asked for “my father.” My thinking was because I was good and because I loved God, I am going to boldly ask for my earthly dad. I have never met or spoken with my dad. I wouldn’t know how he looked, smiled or talked. As a matter of fact, if I told you why I don’t know my dad you would be just as bewildered as I am. I was shocked that I asked for this because looking back now I thought I was okay without having a father figure. My mom, as well as, my grandparents aunts, uncles and cousins all loved me. Because of their love, for the most part, I felt I was okay about not having my dad in my life. Now that I’m older, I realize that you can miss something you never had because you know it is something you were or are supposed to have.
I am recounting this story to you to let you know that although I wrote a letter asking for my earthly dad, God was prepared to give me what I really needed. As I grew up and began having a true relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ, I came to the realization that God never failed to keep His promises. He told me that He will fill that void and be my father and Jesus will be my brother. He did just that. And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV)
He has been a much better father than my earth dad could ever be! My life is a testimony that He can actually be a great father for a fatherless young lady.
Thank You for being my Father. Thank You for filling voids even today and showing me in more ways than one that only You can fulfill me. Thank You that the fatherless matter to You. Thank You for also putting Your love and knowledge in my heart and I pray I can always sit on Your knee and be Daddy’s little girl. I love You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today, ladies I EMPOWER you to remember God as the Father and run into His arms. They will be wide open, ready to receive you. I also EMPOWER you to not be afraid to ask God according to His will and His Promises what you want. One day I expect to meet my earthly dad but right now I want to embrace the father that has been there all along.
You may not be fatherless but what void has God filled for you?
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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She help assists Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. She, like many of her students, is the first of her family to graduate from college. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English-Professional & Technical Writing. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a Compassion Person and Encourager and so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.