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Friday, June 29, 2012

Gen. 44:19,20 (Pt 2)Thought/Prayer:He Loveth Tenderly.Topics:2

“My lord. Thou didst ask thy servants the first time: Have you a father or a brother?  And we answered thee, my lord: We have a father an old man, and a young boy, that was born in his old age; whose brother by the mother is dead: and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him tenderly.”  DRA  (Read this scripture and more at

The Douay–Rheims Bible 1899 American Edition ends this passage sweetly.  We are told that Jacob loved Benjamin, the (as far as Jacob knew) remaining son of his beloved wife Rachel for whom he worked 14 years at farm labor.  This translation has Jacob loving Benjamin “tenderly.”  We may often think of a mother’s love as being tender.  Perhaps we do not so often think of tender love as being associated with fatherhood.  But we are wrong if we truly believe that a father’s love for his offspring cannot be tender.  Just as a man may have tender love toward his beloved who becomes his wife, so may a man have – and express – tender love for his sons and daughters.  And God puts this right in the Bible.  Jacob loved Benjamin tenderly.

Benjamin’s mother Rachel died giving him birth.  Perhaps this makes him even dearer to his father Jacob.  Benjamin’s full brother Joseph, having disappeared as a boy at the hands of 10 jealous brothers would also give Jacob a special love for Benjamin.  And tender it was.

When we think of pro-life ministries, how often do we think of fathers tenderly anticipating the birth of their child?  How often do we even include fathers in the equation when a mother is deciding whether to bring her child to full term and give birth?  So often the fathers are seen as extraneous—It’s easy to think this, as a lot of them are, in actuality—as having no real part in the decision.  But many of them are in angst over the pregnancy and want that baby in the greatest way.  We can’t ignore them.  We must not.

Lord, we ask that you will help us to picture the daddies of babies under consideration for abortion, to picture them as tender toward the one their wife or girlfriend carries.  Help us to think of them as wanting to be involved in the lives of both the mother-to-be and her (and his) baby.  May we not, Lord, just think of them as uncaring and irresponsible.  Although many of them are, there are also so many who want to do the right things to make this pregnancy work.  Help us to include them as willing partners in the decisions to be made.  And convict them to hold out for LIFE.

Topics:  Pray for the fathers of unexpected babies, that we will picture them as wanting to experience fatherhood with their baby and wanting to be tender toward the baby and his or her mother.
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