Finding our Father

As a child of divorced parents, I used to be sad that I never had a father around. There was no dad to take me trout fishing or to play ball with or to fly kites with. It became my excuse for why my report cards were mediocre after my parents separated and why I didn't fit in at school. Despite what seemed the most difficult of times and feelings of loneliness, I was learning all the while that man is never truly fatherless, never alone. God is always with us and we with Him, though we may not always recognize it.

Sunday School was a great help to me. I learned of the fatherhood and motherhood of God. I learned that the real identity of each of us, as God's child, is spiritual and complete. These spiritual facts opposed and corrected the limited picture I had of myself, as an adolescent.

I came to know that God's child is never disadvantaged, deprived, unstable, unloved, orphaned, or defenseless, no matter what the human circumstances seem to be. Christ Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Lord's Prayer, which begins, "Our Father ..." (see Matt. 6:9–13). He conveyed the fact that each of us has one infinitely powerful, loving Father—God.

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True mother love
October 6, 1997

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