Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Hidden in my heart was his presence...that of my earthly father.
As I grew up I often wondered if he thought upon me. Around that same age of 10 with my heart broken over the failed marriage plans of my mother; I decided to write my grandmother and just ask for my father's address!
"Dear Daddy... I think about you all the time and asked Grandma to give me your address. I know that you must be very busy with the war. I pray for the soldiers.
I am ten years old now and love school. We had a school election to learn about voting and I ran for Vice President! I made posters and gave a speech too! My best friend won though. But, that is okay. We still like each other.
I have a cat, she is black and white. Do you like cats?
I hope you like this letter and write back.
I love you daddy."
Weeks passed and I wondered if I would ever get an answer.
I received a letter addressed on military stationary.
My daddy...a soldier..
I was proud of him, even if I didn't spend time with him.
The letter was short. He told me about serving in Viet Nam. He also sent a patch of his unit and a photo of himself.
I cherished the photo...
How pleased he was to hear I did well in school and asked about my sister and mother. He also told me if I needed anything that my uncle would always know where to find him.
He signed it... with love, dad.
I belonged to him...he is mine and I am his!
(He soon retired after I received this letter...and I never heard another word)
Disappointments were innumerable as I grew up. It seemed that promises were so futile and my longing for that security of a father...farther and farther off.
Time passed on and the activities of life took hold..yet that void was ever present.
TODAY....I thank the Lord GOD as my Heavenly Father for his unfailing promises! I rejoice in the security of eternal life...PROMISED in his word.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
Dear reader..you can never be unfathered! Whether in earthly means or Spiritual!
A man father's a child who is his until he passes this life. A child born of man cannot be unborn! Just as the new birth in Christ! You cannot become unborn to God!
A man can deny his children...but that seed within is a being that lives forever! Nor can that seed of GOD within the receiving heart of salvation...ever be plucked from the hand of God the Father, it lives also forever!
You have a promise from the God of all creation...
In whom (Jesus Christ) ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.
a promise in His letter to you...his WORD!
THIS IS THE DAY...I rejoice in the promises of my HEAVENLY FATHER! I find comfort and rest in the security of his great love and truth.
I can...trust him.