As God would have it, yesterday turned out to be a day of prayer, research and writing about the heart-breaking reality of the "Fatherless Generation." Thankfully, we can all rejoice in the PROMISE of God to intervene! This is not a new subject for me, but I felt a nudging from God our Father to address it for yet another generation. I've been looking up different translations of this wonderful verse God gave me years ago re: the loss of parents. (By the time you finish reading each of these translations of the very same verse (see bottom of this post), it will be a very rich life-giving, thirst-quenching revelation for you to share liberally!)
Loss through death is tragic enough. However, within our declining society, so many children, both young and adult have lost a parent due to drugs, alcohol, sexual immorality, divorce, homelessness, withdrawal, depression, betrayal, abandonment, etc.
Sadly, it is often so painful, that the feelings of rejection, abandonment and betrayal make it extremely difficult for the heart-broken child to live a full and victorious lifestyle, often repeating the same pattern - for generations! In many ways, this can be worse than death itself, for this kind of 'loss' affects a whole society.
So what do we do??? Jesus gave us His example when on the Cross, He prayed, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." When I was young, I didn't understand this at all. How could they NOT know they were killing??? As I have gone through the ebb and flow of life, I have learned that some have been so abused in their own lives, that they really don't know the difference between right and wrong!
So how does one forgive heartbreak? How does one heal from a broken heart? I can assure those in such devastation that there is a way out! Jesus made a way and He provides His "anointing" to forgive even the unspeakable! In 4 decades of experience, I have personally witnessed this miracle! Therefore I know experientially, we can ask for the grace to forgive as Jesus forgave, even in His last breath ... it is never too late!
Certainly, we never condone, enable or approve of sin, but we must forgive others their sins against us, or our own sins cannot be forgiven. (Mark 11:20; Matthew 6:12) And, if we choose not to forgive, then we are choosing torment for ourselves. (Matthew 18:34) Hence, God calls us to forgive those who've hurt us (even 7 X 70), and release them to God for His grace and mercy to manifest in their lives. As you pray for them (or anyone who has broken your heart), accept our heavenly Father's love and healing for your broken heart, receiving and accepting The Father's Love who will never abandon or betray us.
Significantly, the fact that a parent has removed themselves from the lives of their offspring, could be the mercy of God for the child! To protect them! Only God knows what could have happened if they had remained in their life. We don't know everything, so we must trust in God who knows all things. He knows how to make all things beautiful in His time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Hearing horrible stories of abuse over the decades, I am in awe of how God has literally taken a child up in the very midst of the very worst suffering. One woman told me that during all the years her father sexually abused her as a little girl, she would be lifted out of her body into the arms of the Father, thereby escaping the physical abuse! Consequently, for years, she has been counseling women who have suffered sexual abuse. Hence, her years of abuse bring forth treasures of healing for others.
Hence, Psalm 27:10 ... I love how the Hebrew has so many different meanings for the same words - some translators are drawn more to one definition than others. Oftentimes, it is a picture, even a 'moving' picture that God is communicating to us re: a specific Word. Hence, I felt to post MOST all of the translations I found yesterday. Take your favourites for those you love and pray for ... it is HIS CREATIVE WORD - STILL ALIVE AND ACTIVE TODAY! His Word is settled forever in Heaven. It will not return unto Him void. It prospers wherein it is sent! Isaiah 55:11
You are not abandoned! Emmanuel = God is with you! Let Him draw you close to "rest, dwell, tabernacle" between His shoulders. Deuteronomy 33:12 From this position, through forgiveness and faith that works through love, even if you don't know where your prodigal parent lives, you can pray for their salvation, deliverance, healing and reconciliation to the Cross, your family, and their God-ordained destiny. In some cases, God won't bring them back home until He's finished the work in them first, so wait for His wisdom and timing; wait with expectation and faith that works through love. As a result, you will see a change in your own life. Other times, it is a part of a death-bed experience, as the prodigal parent is encouraged to "make things right with God and family." God's plan is for good and not for evil to give each of you a future and a hope.
Even if the parent is missing, or no longer alive, this spiritual principle still works! As you forgive, you are released from carrying all that sorrow, disappointment, and even the curse that was carried in the family. It is time for His blessings to take over and swallow up the curse of sin that brought so much sorrow. Praying for the "fatherless" generation: Luke 1:17; Malachi 4:6 ... God will turn the hearts of the fathers/parents back to the children. Joel 2:25-32 ...God will restore the years that the locusts have eaten, in Jesus name, Amen. Hey! It's all about Redemption, in Jesus name, Amen!
My father and mother walked out and left me, but God took me in. The Message MSG
If my father and mother leave me, the Lord will take me in. New Century Version NCV
If my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up. New Revised Standard NRS
If my father or my mother forsake me, then Yahweh will receive me. Lexham English Bible LEB
When my father and my mother forsake me, Then Yahweh will take me up. World English Bible WEB
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord cares for me. Holman Christian Standard HCSB
Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. New International Version NIV
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. King James Version KJV
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close. New Living Translation NLT
Even though my father and mother have left me, ADONAI will care for me. Complete Jewish Bible CJB
Even if my father and mother left me all alone, the LORD would take me in. Common English Bible CEB
My father and mother may abandon me, but the Lord will take care of me. Good News Translation GNT
For my father and my mother have left me: but the Lord hath taken me up. (26-10) Douay-Rheims RHE
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will take care of me. GOD'S WORD Translation GW
When my father and my mother forsake me, Then Jehovah will take me up. American Standard Version ASV
For had my father and my mother forsaken me, then had Jehovah taken me up. The Darby Translation DBY
For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the LORD will take me up. New American Standard NAS
When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take me up. Hebrew Names Version HNV
Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. Today's New International Version TNIV
My father and mother may desert me, but the LORD will accept me. New International Reader's Version NIRV
For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in. English StandardVersion ESV
When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me. New King James Version NKJV
When my father and my mother are turned away from me,then the Lord will be my support. Bible in Basic English BBE
When my father and my mother Have forsaken me, then doth Jehovah gather me. Young's Literal Translation YLT
For my father and my mother have forsaken me; but the Lord hath taken me (up). (For even if my father and my mother desert me; the Lord shall still take care of me.) Wycliffe WYC
Much love and grace upon grace to you and all those you touch, in Jesus name, Amen.