“For my father and mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.”
—Psalm 27:10 ESV
Some families are healthier than others, but all have some level of dysfunction. (I talked a little bit about this in another post called “Breaking Generational Patterns”).
Some people have been literally forsaken by their parents, while others may have experienced “lesser” versions of that pain: a lack of affection, a lack of safety, financial instability, relational dysfunction, etc.
Whatever your case may be, pay attention to David’s words.
He proclaimed his confidence in a promise: “The Lord will take me in.”
I think a key moment in every believer’s walk is when they stop expecting their parents to be perfect (or wishing they had been) and recognize that today they have the opportunity to be re-parented by the only Father who could ever be perfect.
God offers us a place in his family, and he gives us the privilege of calling him, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15).
Don’t get me wrong: this is not easy. We have hard work to do if we want to break the negative patterns that are inevitably passed down in even the best of families.
But the good news is this: there is hope.
Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:
Breathe in: The Lord
Breathe out: will take me in.