June 21, 2009
The Lord looks down from heaven; He sees all the children of man; from where He sits enthroned He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth. Psalm 33:13-14
On Father's Day, a story about fathers might be appropriate, don't you think?
Here's a story a firefighter in St. Louis told me. I've heard it before, but that doesn't mean the firefighter wasn't telling the truth. He shared how he had gone to a blaze, which was destroying a two-story home.
Everyone had made it out when the smallest boy remembered something he had forgotten.
Without anyone seeing him, he managed to make it back to his bedroom on the second floor. He made it in, but he couldn't get out.
Seeing his son at his bedroom window, the father shouted, "Jump, son! I'll catch you!" The boy cried, "Daddy, I can't see you!" "I know", his dad called back, "but I can see you."
When we were growing up, it was really important for us to be seen by our fathers, wasn't it?
A smile or an arm around the shoulder could make all the difference for us.
Now that I'm older, it's still true. Yes, my earthly father has run his race, but my heavenly Father is still watching over me.
Although I'm no longer a little boy, there are times when I feel very small and helpless. That's when His smile and His heavenly hand on my shoulder make a difference. By faith in the crucified and risen Savior, I know I am not alone!
I can't see my Father, but it's enough that He sees me and is there to catch me.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, I thank and praise You that I am never alone. Even in the darkest times, I know You are beside me. Thank You for seeing me through Your eyes of love. May I try to live my life in honor of You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries