Eight-year-old Sam, born out of wedlock, never met his father. One day he came home from school to his grandparent’s house. On the upcoming Thursday, fathers were to visit the school for a “Father’s Day” celebration. Stevie knew that no one was going to come for him.
“Grandma,” he said, eyes downcast.
“Yes,” she answered.
“Grandma,” he said. “I wish that I had a daddy.”
“But, Sam,” she replied, “you do have a daddy.”
The little boy looked up, eyes bulging with excitement said, “I do? I have a daddy?”
“Yes, Sam, everyone has a daddy.”
It’s a painful story, but powerfully represents the contrast between two world-views: atheism and Christianity. Atheism—we have no Father but are the creations of cold, uncaring forces that, by chance, threw us together. Christianity—we have a loving Father in heaven who not only created us but loves us, who cares for us, and who promise us eternal life in a whole new existence.
“And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ ” Galatians 4:6.
Unlike little Sam, who never got to know his father, we can every moment of every day know Him, rejoice in Him, and yes, cry out, “Abba, Father!”