As you can expect, that's a touchy subject around here.
This morning, at church, we were singing "Good Good Father." I love this song, and was singing my heart out in praise until the first word "father" and all of the father-centered things flooded forward. My children are currently fatherless.
Scriptures rushed through my mind.
There are so many scriptures that tell me that although my kids are without their earthly father, they are NOT truly fatherless. I may feel a bit like a widow at times (due to the unique nature of abandonment), but He's got me covered.
Yes, these scriptures are beautiful and comforting.
Practically, I hate to admit, but they don't always feel like comfort. Considering the young age of all of my children especially, who often talk about their dad being missing, trying to relate to them that God/Jesus is with them always even though they can't see him doesn't make a lot of sense, because their dad isn't with them in the same way, even though they also can't see him.
It gets so confusing trying to explain and model these concepts. I tell my children Jesus is always around and that He is also in our hearts. I tell them their biological dad is in their hearts, but he isn't with us in omnipresence like God. To an adult, it doesn't make rational sense. To a child, even less so.
I struggle with applying these principles in my own life, let alone my kids.
How do I get through to them they aren't fatherless when they have a Heavenly Father who provides? Their idea of a father is skewed, which I have begun to realize is affecting my five year-olds view of Father God. He makes comments like Jesus cracks his heart, or he makes Jesus' heart cracked. He talks about Jesus disappearing. I try to speak the truth in the matter, but he just wants to argue about it.
God the father can't physically be seen to their little eyes, he's not actually rocking them to sleep or drying their tears. He's not there picking them up from daycare like other dads. He's a different kind of father than any of us understand.
It's a frustrating and overwhelming subject, this God the father to the fatherless.
I am open to advice.
I took the boys to see "the Good Dinosaur" today. Cute movie. The dad dies, the kid loses his family. My boys both had feelings.