In 2016, a foundation called National Kids Count released a research on the statistics of Fatherless homes in the US. In their report, about 25 % of children under 18 are without fathers. That is equivalent to 18 million kids! Still, a staggering number to say the least and that was two years ago!
So for the millions of youngsters who were deprived of their father’ love and care, this song is dedicated to you.
Songwriter: James L. L. Hendrix
Artist/s: The Isaacs
The nineties seem to be the advent when cases of families with absentee fathers were on the rise. Decades prior to that were fathers hard at work to give their children a bright future. They may have minimal involvement in child-rearing but they made sure to always bring home the bacon. That changed at the turn of the century. Men sire children then leave them behind without support. They don’t seem to care.
It’s understandable when abandoned kids grow up harboring ill-feelings toward their derelict dads. God is gracious however and he cares! He is a Father to the fatherless and only by seeing him as such that a wounded child can heal. That’s the beauty of one having a relationship with the Lord. In the process, they also learn to forgive their earthly fathers for all their shortcomings.
For those still hurting, gradually let go of your pain and trauma. It does not matter that it’s time for you to heal. What’s important is that you’re willing to be fathered by God. He may not be visible but his expressions of love are nothing short of tangible. It’s understandable if we’ve been oblivious to his active involvement in our lives. We may have even come to a point of self-entitlement. Everything we’ve achieved was because of our labor and sweat. But, try going back to your previous years. Think of the people who have helped you. They were brought by God to mentor you, assist you on your way, and to care for you. And, if you’re still not convinced, hear his promise:
“I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Cor. 6:18 ESV)
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