"Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the
coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. "He will restore the
hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their
fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse." Malachi 4:5-6 NASU
Dear family of friends,
Many of us have been desperate for a father’s love. Sure, we
know mom always loved us, but sometimes we wonder if dad did (or does). With
all the time spent on his job, going about taking care of the cares of the
world, he may have had little time for the family. Or me. Or you.
If he did, it
may have been spent sitting in the same room watching the football game or some
comedy show, as he fell asleep from exhaustion. I get it. As a father, I have
done my share of that with my own kids.
But at the same time the connection I needed with my
father, my dad, may not have been what my heart longed for. I mean, sometimes I
really didn’t know who he was, or what he wanted. Sometimes I just needed some
affirmation from him, but it rarely came.
My dad did what he knew to do – work hard, provide for the
family, keep the bills paid. Growing up without a father himself, being his dad
died when he was only five, I am sure that model he needed just wasn’t there
for him. His big brother didn’t fill the same void that his own father was
As I pressed on in my daily walk with our Lord Jesus, year
by year, I became more aware of the heavenly Father’s ever present Spirit in my
life. Even if I did not know it at the time, He was there, even as my earthly
father could not be. I have come to realize that God the Father has encouraged
me, filled the void I longed to have been made full, and showed me the path
along which to walk. My heavenly Father has always been there. It just took me
a long time to realize that.
Jesus (Yeshua) continually pointed to the Father. The
relationship He had with His Dad is the same one He wants us to have with the
same heavenly Dad. We are to know of His arms around us, His providing that
meal, His speaking into our hearts the way we are to go.
In these days of absent fathers, earthly dads who know not
how to raise kids, or model the Father’s love in practical ways that are
needed, my heart is to see the Father’s love expressed in tangible ways, and
help fill the much needed void empty hearts have. Learning to express His
affirmation, His provision, His protection from the ways of the world is now my
heart’s desire. I pray that I can express through me what He, God the Father,
truly wants for each of His kids.
“You are the best, Father. Thank you for leading us to You.
May Your godly men instruct Your kids of Your eternal love, that we can know
and experience each and every day. Even today.”
Ahava to my family of friends,
Love For His People
P.S. At my fulltime accounting
job, a young black man, maybe in his late 30’s or early 40’s, continually calls
me Dad. I am not sure why, being I am Caucasian. (I do know that he is separated
or divorced and has kids.) But I think it is because he has not known a father’s
love himself, and he has seen a part of God the Father’s love in me for him. My
heart goes out to him, and I try to express the Father’s love to him as I can.
P.S. S. One of my all-time favorite worship songs is sung by Don
Moen, entitled “Wonderful, Magnificent God”* I have added the lyrics here, as
it helps express my love for God, my Father.
Your feet I bow There
is none like You For
all that I have found All I
want is You For
all the wonders You do And
all that You are What I
can bring to You I
offer my heart
magnificent God I'm
humbled by the life You gave Beautiful
Redeemer You are Worthy
of my highest praise
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“Therefore Jesus answered and was saying
to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of
Himself, unless it is something
He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the
Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him
all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so
that you will marvel.” John 5:19-20 (NASB)
family of friends,
particularly fathers, have taken an image beating in the American culture over
the last 30 or more years. We have been made to look foolish, even stupid, on a
regular basis. Any TV program that is popular reminds many of that nightly.
honestly we have, in far too many cases, had it coming, for we have been out of
the picture. Men, even as making up half of the population, have basically lost
the role they were created to fulfill. They let it go, and now can’t seem to
get it back. I share this from my man’s perspective.
this action has been the result of what one Bible teacher in the 1970’s called
the “renegade male” – we abdicated our role as fathers and husbands,
concentrated far too much on our daily work, and let the family grow up without
the proper presence of the husbands and fathers on the scene. “Let the women do
it” has resulted in that – the women have done it. For that I am thankful for,
but we have surely missed the absent husbands and fathers.
culture has thus extremely paid the price – men and women from my generation
missed the instruction and correction that fathers were to give. Without that
male model in their lives, our own children have now grown up, many with no
father influence in their lives at all. Maybe they see Dad now and then, but it
is as if they are just another man who they know little about, or receive any
love from at all, other than a material gift or two at a birthday or holiday
recent regular morning Scripture reading, I have been in the Gospel of John (Yochanan
was his Hebrew name, being a Jew.) The Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) has begun
to open my eyes, and my heart, to the many times Jesus (Yeshua) spoke of His
a special relationship with His Father. Of course, being they are One from all
eternity (which someday we will understand, once fully in their presence) there
is no separation or distance between the two.
And yet, Jesus
spoke, as quoted in John 5:19-20, that His earthly mission depended upon
further knowing, hearing, following and learning from His Father. And as Yeshua
did that, His Father clearly showed Him what to do, when to do it and how to do
I want that relationship with my Father too. I long to be so close to knowing
God the Father, that I can walk more confidently and boldly in the tasks He has
given me to do. I want that same relationship that Jesus has with His Father,
Who now is also my Father in heaven.
Father, the One who loves us so much that He gave us His Only Son, is committed
to restoring that relationship with us. We may not have received the love,
encouragement and ongoing nourishment from our human limited earthly father,
but we certainly can now from our Heavenly One.
I want to
get to know my Father more. I hope you do too.
my family of friends,
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Be sure to get
my two books The Promise (CreateSpace/Amazon 2013) and Ahava Love Letters
(Xulon Press, 2013). Both available through Amazon.com Xulon Press.com , plus
other website book stores.
You can also order both books, The Promise (on Amazon.com
for $7.19 plus $3.95 S/H) and Ahava Love Letters Xulon Press for $14.90, plus
$3.80) or you can get both from our office for $29. Send check to the address
above. I will autograph all copies ordered through our office. (Hey, and please
include a contribution for Israel too!)
Please share this Ahava Love
Letter with your friends.
As I drove to the Covenant Keepers conference this morning (held over the weekend in Charlotte, NC) to get the sound system up and worship music playing in the meeting room, a man shared this story on the radio.
"As we were flying high above the earth, the Captain came over the radio and said "Please stay seated. Fasten your seat belts. We will be experiencing some turbulence shortly." Sure enough, in no time it came.
A young girl in the seat across the aisle from me sat there calmly. She picked up her book, read a bit, put it down, closed her eyes - all the while being still and quiet. Even as the turbulence continued, she remained calm. Once we had passed through that bit of weather, I leaned over and asked her, "How could you sit so calmly through all that."
She looked at me, smiled, and said, "That's my Dad, the pilot. He is taking me home."
Love it! And may you be encouraged today too, as you rest in His love and provision for you. He will get you home!