My Cup Overflows : A Father's Love

my cup overflows ...

Sometimes pilgrimage is a search and a wandering toward a Father’s love.

God used the last verse of the Old Testament of the Bible to express the importance of relationship in family via the prophet Malachi:

He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

~Malachi 4:6

It’s not what we usually think of when (if?) we consider what’s at the heart of God’s intention toward us. 

But there it is: relationship. Connection. Value for the people God has put in our lives.

It's important.

My Cup Overflows : The Father's Love

Francis Chan / "My Cup Overflows":

God has called himself our Father. And in many ways, the relationship we have with our parents—maybe especially our fathers—will impact how we see God.

So a relationship that’s destructive … where the father belittles his kids or mistreats them, or children who treat their parents with contempt—we bring that into our relationship with God.

And if we approach our family relationships that way, it distorts the picture of what God has intended toward us. That father’s love that gives sacrificially. Protects. Goes all the way, regardless of the cost. 

Nails through hands & feet. Whip-scarred. Speaking the truth in love. Leading from the front. Caring for others all the way to the end. Bearing a punishment he didn’t earn so we wouldn’t have to. 

That’s how God showed his love for us. That’s what a father’s love looks like in his eyes.

It’s a high bar.

It’s also a very grace-filled model of how to walk on earth—knowing that he loved us with all he had, before we could earn it (and even if we never did).

We don’t love or give to earn his love. We love and give because we have received his Father’s love … 


To all the fathers trying hard to do the job:

For all you do, for the love you give, for the strength you lend the family—thank you. Walk in the Father’s love & grace and give freely what you’ve so freely been given.

Inspiration for the journey ...

The Via Francigena pilgrimage path winds over 2000 km from Canterbury to Rome – past war memorials, cathedrals, vineyards, & mountains … leaving borders behind.

Grace & Power ... We all need a little grace in life. We all miss the mark sometimes. When I look at the grace of Jesus toward the imperfect & contrast it...