From a father's viewpoint
by Beyond The Walls by Susan Nelson
Feb 16, 2014 | 317 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
My rough and rugged oldest son turned to mush as he looked upon his newborn daughter and the gentleness in his eyes and the softness in his face spoke of a deep, abiding love for that brand new little bundle.

When he first brought her out from delivery, he had no words. And for those of you who know him, that is something to behold!

Later, he came back into himself as he instructed me on how to diaper her, feed her, burp her and hold her, because, as a grandma, former foster parent to 17 children, and having had three other grandchildren, five children and various nieces and nephews, I had no clue as to what I was doing.

I allowed him his moment with a joy-filled smile. He was so lost in the awe of this little creature, especially since “Momma” told me that this little bundle perks up and she becomes mildly excited as she hears Daddy’s voice and turns to try to locate the one creating that sound.

I shouldn’t have been surprised, because this daddy is the same one, who, as a boy, wanted me to help the people on the side of the road with car trouble, with signs for help, food or money or requests for work and to pick up stray dogs or cats along the way.

He is protective and soft-hearted, but I won’t tell!

I don’t know, but it was so endearing to see him in his new role, just as I’d seen my late husband as he looked upon our little ones as they came to us – blood-related or not.

He had a struggle, too, with the 2000 census when we had to list my grandson as his step-grandchild. He wanted to argue with me but he clamped his mouth shut, shook his head and walked away.

My oldest son has the same regard for his stepson as well. He has been enjoying that boy and one outside the situation would never know he is not biologically related. As a family, we have taken in “non-blood” relations as our own with them exclaiming when they came to the knowledge,.

“You mean, we are not from you?”

“You are from my heart, Darlin’. ”

God wants to pull us in to His family in much the same way. He loved us before we were born.

David acknowledged, “For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)

Paul encouraged us to come to God and “To live lives worthy of God, Who calls you into His own kingdom and the glorious blessedness.” (1 Thessalonians 2:12)

We know too, from Genesis 1:1, that, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Then we read, after He “…created man in His own image and likeness…” (Genesis 1:27) that He looked upon it all.

“And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good and He approved it completely…” (Genesis 1:31)

And then I see Daddy, Abba Father, looking upon His creation with light and love in His eyes.

As you get through this week of Valentine’s Day, whether you have a significant other or not here, please know that there is One of significance who loves you before the beginning of the world.
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