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Help us daddy

As a parent, one of the hardest things you will ever experience is seeing fear on your child’s face, or hearing it in their voice, and not knowing how to make it go away.
As a dad, I have always felt responsible to take the fear away from my children, whether it was when they were tiny children, or even now when they are grown adults in their 20’s.
This weekend, I heard the fear in my daughter’s voice, and I could see it in her face. I saw and heard the same things in another daughter, and I was shaken. I was one of those people who thought all of this Corona virus crap would blow over fairly easily. Obviously, I was wrong.

With almost 500 now dead from it in the United States, it is the real deal.
I sit at my desk this morning, in tears, because I do not know how to take that fear away from my children, or anybody else. That seems like a hopeless situation to me as a dad, as a grandfather, and even as a newspaper publisher.
How am I, or anyone else, to take the fear away, when all we are writing about, all we are seeing on social media, and all anyone can see on the news, is fear and panic.
As I sat here crying this morning, a song started running through my head, and I immediately posted it on social media. It is not exactly a way to get rid of the fear, but maybe a way to cope with it. 
The song goes: 
They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Well good thing
A little faith is all I have, right now
But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

The song is by one of my favorite groups, MercyMe. I believe if you look at the words in the proper context, you can compare what is going on in our world today as one of those seemingly unmovable mountains. Yes, I know He is able, and I know He can, and it would all go away if He would just say the word. But what if He doesn’t? Well, even if He doesn’t, our hope is still in Him.

That is what we can all do for our children, our families, and all of those around us. We can let them know that there is still hope, and that we believe that He will move this mountain in front of us. 
And I think, what if we use this time of social distancing, to get closer to Him, our only hope.
That is really the crux of the issue isn’t it? See, as a daddy, I want to heal all of the hurts of my children. I want to take their fear away and tell them daddy will make it okay. I want to say to them, “I am here. I got you. Daddy won’t let anything happen to you. Don’t be afraid.”
And I will do that.

But the Father of all, the Father in Heaven, has all the power, He has all of the ability to truly protect His children from every fear, every threat, every single virus.

Every single thing.

So, this morning, the best thing I can do for my kids is to tell them about Him. To let them know, their Dad in Heaven has got this, He is not going to let anything happen to you. He tells us, don’t be afraid.
So, I sing, “You’ve been faithful, You’ve been good, All of my days. Jesus, I will cling to You, Come what may, ‘Cause I know You’re able, I know You can.”
I encourage you all to find a way in the midst of this storm to comfort each other with the hope of faith. He will bring us through this, He is able, He can, and He will. He is our heavenly daddy, and He doesn’t want His children to be afraid either.

If you would like to hear that song for yourself, it is called Even If, and is by MercyMe. The link to the song on Youtube is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6fA35Ved-Y

 

 

 

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