Between October 28 and November 6, Grace Church proudly presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! If you haven’t purchased your tickets, there may still be some available. The show centers around transformation through grace, forgiveness and love. Over the next 10 days, Be Our Guest and check out our daily devotionals centered around these themes and the production! Check back every day for the latest devotional!
BY SUE ROSECRANS, GRACE ATTENDER
It has been so magical watching “Maurice and Belle” on stage. Seriously, those two look like the models for the original animators. So fun to watch Jim and Betsy live out the sweetness that is a Father’s love for his daughter. “Papa”, Belle asks, “Do you think I am odd?” “My daughter odd!?!” (cue the sight gag with goofy goggles and I am sure there will be a laugh from the audience…Ok for sure I will laugh!) What I love about this scene is watching a Father’s tender love. Not all of us had the privilege of living with a wonderful loving Daddy. We experienced neglect, abandonment and even heartache at the hands of our Fathers. I believe this truth shatters our heavenly Father’s own heart. How much of our adult life is spent figuring out what does a loving Father’s love look like and feel like? We lay upon our heavenly Father the baggage from our own broken Father’s inadequacies.
Our true Father, our heavenly Father loves us like no other. He tells us daily, “You are unique: crème de la crème.” He sings to us, “No matter what you do I’m on your side.” He whispers, “I love the funny way you stand out from the crowd.” How deeply our Father loves us that He sent His only son as a supreme sacrifice for every wrong thing we have ever done. He created every wonderfully exotic animal, plant and piece of creation for our pleasure. He is the perfect Daddy. He loves us. He always loves. Of course, in reality, He has to say no, not now and here is the consequence of your poor choice, but even this is a picture of love. He is a Father who loves all the time. He is the Dad in the stands waving his coat so we can see how amazingly proud He feels as we take the field or step out on stage.
My favorite lines during Maurice’s song are, “No matter what the pain we’ve come this far I pray that you remain exactly as you are this really is the case of a Father knowing best.” Your Father’s words sung over His forever loves, His children, “You’re all I’ve got no matter what.”
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
What do you love about God that is like your father?
When was the last time you told your Daddy what you love about him?
In your prayers, share with God what you love about Him and what you love about your Daddy.
“The promise is this: If you respect your father and mother, you will live a long time and your life will be full of many good things.4 Fathers, do not be too hard on your children so they will become angry. Teach them in their growing years with Christian teaching.” Ephesians 6:3-5 (NLV)
“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!” Romans 8:15-17 (MSG)
“But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.” Galatians 4:4-7 (MSG)