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A Father's heart
June 18, 2018, 1:07 PM

Thomas Paine, the famous writer and philosopher who drove so much of the thought surrounding the American Revolution once wrote “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Interesting is it not, this cry of the father’s heart for others. If there are hard times, let me bear them so that my family may be spared. Have you ever seen a parent take this attitude in life? With Father’s Day just passed, I cannot help but think of the many parents over the ages that have hoped for better for their children. Of course, the best we can do is hope and try to set our kids up for success. We have no control over the future. But there is one heavenly Father who has taken our trouble, which we created ourselves by the way, upon Himself in order to make a different future for you and I if we will only accept it. Jesus explained that He had to suffer and die, bearing our trouble, because God “loved the world so much, that He gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.” Take a moment to remember how much God loves you and what a Father He is. Take a moment to consider who you trust or “believe” in. He took your troubles, punishment for sin, upon Himself so that you and I might be spared. Consider this before you step out into the world today and think on this before you fight another battle on your own.

Pastor John Byerly