Hey all! I found this Bible verse a couple of years ago, and it’s stuck with me since then.

“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”

Psalm 27:10

I’ve never been abandoned by my parents, whom I’m always grateful for. I’m also becoming more and more aware that other parents have the nerve to make the godless choice to abandon their children. For those of us who are LGBTQ+, this is a nightmare that can unfortunately become reality at the drop of a hat.

This Psalm verse is a beautiful reminder about the highest parent we can turn to, our Heavenly Father.

‘For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons and daughters of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”’

Romans 8:14-15

I knew there’s a Bible verse somewhere about calling God “Father/Dad” and I finally found it! Oh, and for this one, I prefer the New American Standard Bible version. Almost all of the other versions only list sons, no daughters. Linguistically speaking, that’s likely because in some languages, “sons” is a masculine but inclusive word meant to encompass both sons and daughters, such as “hijos” in Spanish. I think that’s why this version has “daughters” italicized.

Oh, I also found out from the Bible site I found this on that “Abba” is the Aramaic word for “Father”!

May we remember always that we should never be afraid to approach God our Father with fear, especially when we need help. He will never shame, condemn, or gaslight us when we run to Him for protection and guidance. God always awaits us with loving arms, and His gentle embrace is a comforting sanctuary.

Whenever our parents aren’t able to be there with us, or worse, turn their backs on us, God will always be here to watch over us. He is the Father of all, and a loving refuge for those of us who’ve been oppressed and ostracized.