“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
From church camp at Daniel Springs – final morning.
The past two evening services have exhibited something I never experience here in 17 years of attending – wailing.
These last two invitations reaped a crowd of children and adults flocking to the alter in prayer. Not as single individuals but in mass.
From within this mass I heard deep contrition as their hearts poured out to the Father. Crying is heard as adults and children repent, ask forgiveness, and seek God to help them in their lives.
Though I don’t have the final number, I believe 10% of the kids here have made a decision for Christ. That would easily be 50.
In my group two weeped for the lack of a relationship with their dad.
I believe this is not unique to my group but a majority of the kids here suffer with this problem of broken homes and an absent parent.
It makes it difficult for a child to trust the love of a Heavenly Father when the earthly one doesn’t seem to care.
It’s a problem I faced in my younger years.
Fathers have failed their basic responsibility to their own children and their personal service to God by not sticking around!
They have failed as priests of the home.
Failed as the example of Christ’s love.
And the children pay the price.
Pray for the children torn apart by selfishness. Pray for the children that are used as pawns for one parent to hurt the other.
Pray they discover the all consuming love of Father for themselves.