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The Father's Compassion

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The Father's Compassion


Verse to read: Psalm 103:13

Recently I took our infant daughter, Hannah, to the hospital for some tests to check for common ailments. This should have been a routine procedure, but it quickly turned into a traumatic event. The nurse was having trouble drawing enough blood and had to draw blood three times from Hannah’s feet. Worse yet, the nurse asked me to hold Hannah down during the procedure. This was a painful experience for her dad! It was difficult to hold her down while she cried in pain. All I could do was whisper my love to her. When it was over, I took her in my arms and rested her head on my shoulder. Hannah instantly grabbed me with all her baby strength and held on tight. Within a few moments, her crying died down and the calm of being in her father’s arms came over her. There is no greater feeling than to have those tiny arms wrapped around me. She clung to me expecting the protection, care, and love that only Dad can give.

This experience with Hannah made me think of the psalmist who wrote, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” This is an awesome verse to me because, for a moment, I caught a glimpse of the intensity of God’s love for us. As my daughter held onto me with all she had, I understood a little of what God must feel when we come to Him with our whole heart. When we come to our heavenly Father, wrap our arms around Him and hold on with all our might, His compassion for us is so gentle. When we confess that He is all we’ll ever need—our All in All and our Provider and Protector—His heart is moved. Our good Father deserves all the awe and reverence of our hearts. Surrender to almighty God and catch a glimpse of His compassionate love for you.

  • How do you picture God? Is he like a grandfather, wizard, referee, or absent parent?
  • Have you taken time recently to cry out to Him?
  • Do you have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ? Do you want one?
  • Take time to pray to your Father in Heaven. Spend time allowing Him to hold you.

Extra Bible reading: Psalm 147: 3 and Matthew 9: 36