God the Father

Jon Brown

READ : Matthew 7:7-11

. . . how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (v. 11)

The first qualifying attribute our creed uses to describe our God is Father: “I believe in God the Father . . .”

On January 28, 2006, our first child, Lydia Hope, was born. We were in Coupeville, Washington, at Whidbey General Hospital. The nurses worked very hard to meet all of my wife Kristyn’s needs and at the same time to calm this soon-to-be-daddy’s overly anxious spirits. In the middle of night, about six hours before Lydia breathed her first breath, the machine monitoring her heart suggested something wasn’t right. The nurses swarmed, the doctor was called, and a probe was attached to Lydia’s head. I drifted into the corner and hoped. Thanks to the quick response of the nurses and under their watchful care we all settled down nicely, and Lydia’s heart resumed a normal rhythm.

It dawned on me later that this intense moment was when I first experienced for myself how profound a parent’s love for their child can be. Yet the intensity of emotion, the depths of hope, the passion for our child’s life all pale in comparison with our heavenly Father’s love toward us. “If you . . . know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven. . . .”

Friends, I believe in God the Father.

PRAYER

Father, thank you for your love.