Today’s reading is Psalms 27-30.

“For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.”

Being abandoned by a father or mother (or both) is hard. Whether it was because they purposefully abandoned you or because they died, living without a parent is tragic. And that is in our modern, western, individual, independent culture. Imagine how awful it was to say that in the ancient eastern world, in which family, tribe, group, belonging was your identity. But this is how great Yahweh is. He is the great Father who accepts us into His tribe, His family, His group. No matter what else is going on in our lives, we belong to God. We can hang on to Him, trust Him. He will not leave us, abandon us, or forsake us. We are His!

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalms 31-33.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, be thankful for your parents. There are people all over the world whose parents have left them or been taken from them. As mad as you may get at your parents sometime, be thankful they are there for you. It could be worse. They could not be there. But keep in mind even when our parents fail us, God never will. Even if our parents leave or die, God never does. Make sure God is your greatest parent and you’ll survive whatever happens with your biological parents.

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