This week we are reminded of the importance of our fathers, the men who have made a significant impact on not only our early childhood development, but adolescence and into our adult lives. The role of a father is so important to all of us, and it is one of the most important roles a man can assume. While never perfect, I cherish the role God has given me to raise my own children.
Sometimes a father is biological, other times he adopts or serves in a special role to help raise and guide a child. In any description, being a father is a choice of love. Especially when you consider that the most important task for a father is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with his child. The Bible tells us in truth that “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him (Psalm 127:3)."
There are families that come to Star of Hope where the role of the father has changed over time. Maybe a father made bad choices through life and stepped away from his role, thus setting a rough path for his family. Perhaps he never knew his child for a variety of reasons. There are instances where a father did stay around, but certainly did not serve his role in an honoring way. And then, there are dads doing the best they can as single parents.
No matter the situation of an earthly father, none of us are perfect. The greatest gift that can be received by the families that come to Star of Hope is to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus is the only one who will never let them down. To many of our clients, the viewpoint of what a father should be has been jaded, and can often hinder a spiritual walk. But, if they can grasp the message of the Gospel that is taught at Star of Hope, they can rebuild their lives and find new hope.
And, as gifts from the Lord, the children of our clients have a wonderful blessing waiting for them here, too. Through the support from churches and individuals in our community, these children have a safe place to learn about God’s love as their families rebuild their lives. They can learn at a much earlier age than many of their parents did that, no matter what, Jesus loves them and holds them in His arms when they accept Him. With Him, all things truly are possible. Ask any of the kids from our teen program that have gone on to receive full scholarships to college!
Thank you for all you do for the families that come to Star of Hope each and every day. Your prayers, support and service help them see that they are loved through the hands and feet of Christ... YOU!
Vice President of Donor Relations