Wednesday, June 10, 2009

God the Father

I was reading (offline) some prison statistics. The one that struck me most was that 95% of male prison inmates have an unhealthy (or missing) relationship with their father. For female inmates, though the statistic was not so overwhelming, it was still a major factor in their histories. The sheer impact of a father on a child's development is astounding and multifaceted.

It made me think about how God describes himself as our father. It is so much more than simply providing for our needs. He has an all-encompassing impact on us, and he created our human father's similarly, to demonstrate the nature of His role. And, I would surmise, demonstrate our need for Him in the failings of our fathers.

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