With Father’s Day close behind in the rear-view, we focus on a holiday meant as a time when we reflect on the Dads in our lives. Many of us had amazing Dads. Many of us had horrible Dads. And millions of us have no Dad at all.
What we all have in common, however, is a Father who made us, sustains us, and cares about us deeply. We share a common bond in that one Father who loves us all.
And being the good Father that he is, he holds a special place in his heart for those who have no physical Dad in their life. His heart breaks for the orphan. Here’s a quick reminder of how he feels (and these are just a few examples):
You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. Exodus 22:22
He executes justice for the fatherless. Deuteronomy 10:18
Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the fatherless. Deuteronomy 27:19
I delivered the fatherless who had none to help him. Job 29:12
You have been a helper to the fatherless. Psalm 10:14
Do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed. Pslam 10:18
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. Psalm 68:5
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. Isaiah 1:17
Do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor. Zechariah 7:10
In you the orphan finds mercy. Hosea 14:3
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18
There are hundreds of thousands of orphans in Ukraine, Moldova, & Belarus alone—and he cares for each and every one of them. In fact, he formed every single one in their mother’s womb. He knows each child by name. He knows the number of hairs on their heads and the number of days in their lives.
He longs for Ruslan
and every last one
to know the warmth of a Father’s embrace,
the comfort of a Father’s kindness,
and the confidence in a Father’s strength.
And that, friends, is at the heart of HopeHouse.
So thank you, to all of our amazing volunteers, incredibly generous donors, our HopeHouse families and Fathers, for being a part of our work which allows fatherless children to feel the love of a Father, and in turn, to experience a taste of the love that our Father lavishes on us all.