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Our God as Father Daily devotions
Day 4

Isaiah 40.11
He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
Hosea 11.3-4
I myself taught Israel how to walk,
leading him along by the hand.
But he doesn’t know or even care
that it was I who took care of him.
4 I led Israel along
with my ropes of kindness and love.
I lifted the yoke from his neck,
and I myself stooped to feed him.
In the story of Mary Poppins, the Dad is the archetypal upper middle-class Edwardian “father”. He hires a Nanny to care for his children; to pick them up when they fall, to wipe away their tears, to educate them and to keep them out the way until they were needed by him. The mother was the parent who emotionally invested in them and outwardly showed the signs of love and affection towards them.

Their father was stern, emotionless, distance and almost uninterested in the kids apart from their appearance and how they represented him. “Children are to be seen and not heard” would be his philosophy.

Many of us may have had a Dad like this, whom they themselves may have been parented in a similar way. Sometimes boys become the dads they themselves struggled with as children, struggling to show outward signs of love and affection. Outward signs of affection can sometimes be seen as soft, effeminate and even weak and some men especially are uncomfortable with showing much of their own emotion for this reason. We need to remember that men suffer from insecurity just as much as women and this outworks in the way that we show and express love. Male and female alike, our attitudes towards love and tenderness being either a strong or weak attribute can affect the way we consider God as our Dad.

Think about how your earthly dad showed his love for you? Was your childhood filled with cuddles, words of affirmation, tenderness and closeness? The opposite? Something in between?

Now read how your Heavenly Dad speaks and shows love to you.

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