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Thought of the Week


 A Loving Father

As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. —Psalm 103:13

The parents were obviously weary from dragging their two energetic preschoolers through airports and airplanes, and now their final flight was delayed. As I watched the two boys running around the crowded gate area, I wondered how Mom and Dad were going to keep the little guys settled down for our half-hour flight into Grand Rapids. When we finally boarded, I noticed that the father and one of the sons were in the seats behind me. Then I heard the weary father say to his son, "Why don't you let me read one of your storybooks to you." And during the entire flight, this loving father softly and patiently read to his son, keeping him calm and focused. 

In one of his psalms David declares, "As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him" (Ps. 103:13). The word pities refers to showing love and compassion. This tender word gives us a picture of how deeply our heavenly Father loves His children, and it reminds us what a great gift it is to be able to look to God and cry, "Abba, Father" (Rom. 8:15).

God longs for you to listen again to the story of His love for you when you are restless on your own journey through life. Your heavenly Father is always near, ready to encourage you with His Word.

I rejoice in Your presence and Your love for me, Lord. Today I choose joy in knowing Your love is constant and unchanging, forever fixed.

God's great love for His child is one of His greatest gifts.


Commentator Adam Clarke provides this background to Psalm 103: "The inscription in the Hebrew, and in all the Versions, gives this Psalm to David; and yet many of the ancients believed it to refer to the times of the captivity, or rather to its conclusion, in which the redeemed Jews give thanks to God for their restoration. It is a Psalm of inimitable sweetness and excellence; contains the most affectionate sentiments of gratitude to God for his mercies; and the most consoling motives to continue to trust in God, and be obedient to him."



 Taken from Our Daily Bread


Something to make you think:

A Lesson From A Ketchup Bottle

Isn't it amazing the things God uses to teach us a lesson?
I learned to BE STILL from someone, no something: 
a bottle of ketchup.

I banged on the top and the sides. It wasn't plastic so I
couldn't squeeze it or rush it short of poking a knife into the

I waited and waited for the slow drip of the red stuff on my
fries.  My plate had a lot of fries for that ketchup to cover
and to wait would've taken all day.

I banged on the sides again and the top and shook it for all it
was worth.

I didn't have all day.

Suddenly, it came to me, A MountainWings Moment; this is how I
am when I ask God for something.

I have a lot to cover and very little time and even less
patience.  God, on the other hand, has all the time in the world
and does things in HIS own time and when HE is ready.

I can shake, squeeze, and bang all I want, but the blessing won't
be poured on in my time but in HIS time.


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