As the world celebrates Father’s Day today, I could not help but wonder how many people/children in the world don’t have a father to greet, appreciate and celebrate with. I feel fortunate that I grew up with my father and never once experienced being abandoned for whatever reason. My husband, on the other hand, grew up without a father. My parents-in-law separated when he was only around 7 years old. My Mom-in-law raised her children alone. My children are not spared from this unfortunate situation for my husband has been working away from home from the time they were born and so they seldom have time together. My daughter often longs for her Dad’s presence and it tears my heart every time she cries for him.
In 2011, during the most trying moment in my marriage and family, the Lord gave me the very reason why so many men and fathers are falling and failing. It is because the devil has waged war against all men whom God appointed to be fathers and heads over their families to distort the very image of God who Himself is our Father. As he destroys men before the eyes of their children, God’s image as Father is necessarily distorted. It is especially difficult for the abandoned, rejected and neglected children to see God as Father and so this Father’s Day, the best we can do for the fathers and fathers-to-be is to lift them in prayer to the Father who never fails. And for all who longs for a father’s love, this is for you: Father’s Love Letter
You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
I am familiar with all your ways.
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
For you were made in my image.
In me you live and move and have your being.
For you are my offspring.
I knew you even before you were conceived.
I chose you when I planned creation.
You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I knit you together in your mother’s womb.
And brought you forth on the day you were born.
I have been misrepresented
by those who don’t know me.
I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
For I am the perfect father.
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Because I love you with an everlasting love.
My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
And I rejoice over you with singing.
I will never stop doing good to you.
For you are my treasured possession.
I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
For it is I who gave you those desires.
I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
And I’ll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
He is the exact representation of my being.
He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
My question is…
Will you be my child?
I am waiting for you.
Love, Your Dad
Happy Father’s Day to my Papa and all the wonderful fathers out there!
Love in Yeshua,