This past week I’ve watched my son-in-law with my granddaughter, Elle.

Stephen is a good dad. But more than that he’s a dad who never fails to let his daughter know that she is loved and safe in His presence.

When he walks in the door at night, his arms are open wide. “Elle,” he shouts, picking her up and tossing her high, then pulling her close as he whispers, “Daddy loves you, Elle.”

The reality is that a lot of little girls have never known that daddy’s love. Maybe you are one of them.

Daddy’s love was confusing or absent or destructive. So the image of an Abba Father seems just as elusive.

But scripture says that you are Daddy’s girl.

When you walk into His presence, He delights in it. He holds you close with His love. He rejoices over you.

 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

My biological father was never a factor in my life.

And yet I’m still Daddy’s girl.

And so are you.