Words from the Heart for Thursday May 13th, 2021
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?…If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Matthew 7:9-11 (NRSV)
How Much More
In a 2020 poll it was discovered that Americans want more of Canada. How much more? At a time when the US government was threatening to increase tariffs on Canadian aluminum, and when the pandemic was at the height of the first wave, 85 per cent of Americans (and 83 per cent of Republican voters) say it should be easier for Canadians and Americans to work in either country (putting aside measures to control the pandemic).
My dad died when I was 20 years old. I was in my final year of my undergraduate degree at McMaster University and just coming out of my selfish teen years. I was looking forward to spending more time with my dad and getting to know him. He was a kind, quiet, gentle man and was well respected by many. Growing up, I always felt loved and appreciated by him. So it is easy for me to understand what Jesus taught in Matthew 7:9-11: “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? …If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” We don’t read much about Joseph, Jesus’ earthly dad, but he must have been a great role model for Jesus. He speaks from human experience here when He talks to dads. As wonderful as the best human father is, God the Father is so much more. Even if your father was not at all like mine, or like Joseph, you can trust your Heavenly Father to love you and protect you and provide for you. He loves you.
These have been words from the heart.