a Father’s love letter

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My child,
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. And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.  Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 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. I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 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.  Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. 

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 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, Almighty God.

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This letter consists of  quotes from the following verses (in order as shown above):
Psalm 139:1, Psalm 139:2, Psalm 139:3, Matthew 10:29-31, Genesis 1:27, Acts 17:28 , Acts 17:28 , Jeremiah 1:4-5 , Ephesians 1:11-12 , Psalm 139:15-16, Acts 17:26 , Psalm 139:14, Psalm 139:13 , Psalm 71:6, John 8:41-44, 1 John 4:16, 1 John 3:1, 1 John 3:1, Matthew 7:11, Matthew 5:48, James 1:17, Matthew 6:31-33, Jeremiah 29:11, Jeremiah 31:3, Psalms 139:17-18, Zephaniah 3:17, Jeremiah 32:40, Exodus 19:5, Jeremiah 32:41, Jeremiah 33:3, Deuteronomy 4:29, Psalm 37:4, Ephesians 3:20, 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Psalm 34:18, Isaiah 40:11, Revelation 21:3-4, John 17:23, John 17:23, John 17:26, Romans 8:31, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, 1 John 4:10, Romans 8:31-32, 1 John 2:23, Romans 8:38-39, Luke 15:7, Ephesians 3:14-15, John 1:12-13, Luke 15:11-32

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4 responses »

  1. Hi Emily,

    Touching, but what’s visibly absent from this letter are verses like Psalm 7:11 and Rev 12:7, which speak of God’s anger toward the wicked and his judgment over unrepentant sinners.

    In addition, this letter speaks of Christ’s death as an example of God being for us and not against us without setting the proper backdrop for his sacrifice.

    And that last sentence in that second to last paragraph is appalling. He gave everything so he could gain our love? Are we really the ones in the position of power here?

    This letter is an incredible distortion of the verses it mirrors and ignores the dominant theme of the Bible: God reconciling a creation who willingly rejected him and who have zero power to reconcile with him.

    Redemption is not about what we can do for God. It’s what He did for us. It’s not a tango. It’s a monarchy.

    I’m surprised by what I’ve read on your blog that you would include this letter. Has it been hijacked?

    Let me know what you were thinking. I’m curious.

  2. Hi Demian. Thanks for your thoughts. I always appreciate them.

    First let me say, I completely agree with you that God’s anger is visibly absent in this “letter” and that understanding His wrath for sin must be understood before His love is ever known to us as sweet.

    I first heard/read this letter yesterday. I did not interpret this as the Gospel or as a full explanation of His redemptive history. When I first heard it, it was simply a reminder to me of God’s love with the understanding (in my mind) of the background of His judgment for my sin (though not stated). So though I agree, those things are not mentioned here, they were the filter by which I read the verses listed above.

    In my life, I often only think of God as the just, wrathful God who only punishes sin. End of story. I forget that my sins were paid. I fail to remember that my sins were fully reconciled by the death of my precious Jesus who willingly sacrificed His life for my sins… who died motivated out of obedience to His Father and love for me.

    I did willingly recject Him (over and over again) and I ran from His love, yet He chose to pursue me, capture me by His kindness and cleanse me from my sin. When I read this yesterday, it was just a reminder of a side of God that I often overlook… an Almighty God who I now have the privelege to call my Father. A God who looks on me not with disdain but rather with deep affection, personal care and joy.

    The last sentence in the second to the last paragraph was based (according to the website that I found this… http://www.fathersloveletter.com/text.html) on Romans 8:31 -32 which says:

    What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

    I agree that the wording that was used by the source is not saying the same as this verse… then again, this verse is also often misquoted to say that God will give us everything we want, so ask for health, wealth and prosperity. But that also is just not scriptural or true.

    I apologize for the “twisting” of certain parts of this and the misrepresentation that I then passed on to you. That was not my intent at all… I merely was desirous to share a glimpse of the love of my God.

    I bring nothing. God didn’t need me. He would have been fully just to send me to hell. Yet in His kindness, He offered me a relationship with Him. By mercy and grace alone, I stand before Him in awe of His love. As His child, I still bring nothing. My only offering to Him is one of joy and thanksgiving and a life that He can use as He pleases. Often I’ve tried the “tango”… it doesnt’ work. He is the Master of my ways… He guides and directs my steps, but He promises each step is directed by a God who cares for me and loves me.

    I really don’t understand that. Its easier for me to wrap my hands around a God who judges sin and judges me. But a God who judged my sin on the cross and now looks at me and declares me clean, righteous and pure?? that is grace. I’m trying to wrap my hands around it.

    Upon first glance, this letter was a means to that end. Thank you for your thoughts… for challenging me to not get wrapped up in emotionalism with regards to God’s love, but rather to think through the details of it and the beauty and horror of the cross…

    all that to say… i guess i wasn’t thinking. i hope that helps… let me know if you have any questions. thanks for your honesty and thanks for pointing me back to my real hope… Christ came to redeem me from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for me… that displayed His love and that is where I find hope and peace.

  3. Emily,

    I really appreciate your thoughtful response. And thanks for not getting mad at me. ;-) Demonstrates you are the person under Christ you say you are.

    The context which you explain above makes sense now as to why you posted this letter. I think you’ve deeply enriched your original post, and am super impressed with your clear, honest articulation of who you are and where you came from. Thank you for taking the time to explain yourself.

    And I’m with you: God’s grace is hard to grasp. We will never fully understand that in this life. Furthermore, the appropriate response to God’s grace is obviously adoration, and I think your response reflects that well.

    Take care.

  4. Demian, thanks for your encouragement. And thanks for challenging me… I’m grateful you would care enough about my relationship with God and also about His holiness to challenge my views.

    I’m glad I was able to clear things up for you. :)

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