A Caring Father
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
This past Sunday was Father’s Day. We celebrated the gift of fathers.
In Luke 15:20, it describes three characteristics of a caring father.
(1) A caring father actively looks for his son. While his son was still a long way off, the father saw him. The father is always alert and never ceases looking for him. He recognizes his son from far away because he intentionally looks for his son.
(2) A caring father “felt compassion.” He is always compassionate. He understands the needs of his son. Even though his son loses his money and breaks up with him, the father is always kind and filled with sympathy. He will be willing to forgive.
(3) A caring father always takes the initiative. He is the first to act. He “ran and embraced him and kissed him.” The father runs to the son and hugs and kisses him showing affection and care.
Dear brothers and sisters, are you in desperate pain right now? If an imperfect earthly father cares for his children so much, how much more is our perfect Heavenly Father caring for us? If you feel sad or discouraged, always remember that our Heavenly Father is watching over us and loving us.
～Rev. Clement Woo 胡嘉明牧師～