When I was a teenager, I, like probably many of you, knew I had all of the answers and that my parents especially my Dad could learn some things. I remember one night a heated conversation turned into an argument between my father and I. I remember going to bed feeling completely misunderstood with tears rolling down my face, onto my pillow. Of course now, close to twenty years later, I don’t remember what the argument was about but I will never forget what happened the next morning.
As I was dressing for the day, I found a note in my dresser, with the handwriting of my Dad. It read: ” Dear Hannah, I am so sorry for the way I treated you tonight. I love you and even though it is impossible for me to comprehend, I know our Father in Heaven loves you even more perfectly than I do.” It went on a little more, but those are the words I have never been able to forget. “Our Father in Heaven loves you even more perfectly than I do”. I knew my Dad loved me deeply and with his whole heart, so to think that my Father in Heaven loved me even more, put everything in perspective for me.
As life has happened and trials have come, I still hold tight to the knowledge that I have a Dad and Mom that love me but even more, I have a Father in Heaven that loves me and is completely accessible anytime, anyplace.
I can honestly say that that knowledge is one of the greatest gifts my Dad gave to me. It taught me how to love and be loved. Because I had been taught to look, I could see confirmation of His love everywhere around me.
It’s a principle I try to share with my girls in those quiet moments when love is palpable. I want them to know that even when I am not around, there is Someone who is always there and who loves them even more. Their loving Father in Heaven.
Hannah Anderson Stevenson is married and has three girls (two and under). She is originally from Reno/Sparks, NV where she met her husband Jeff. She now resides in Utah. She enjoys her girls, reading, sewing and drawing. She has a pattern shop and has just started a new venture: Custom Paper Dolls. You can find them here. She blogs here and here.