Monday, February 16, 2009

God The Father's Love Letter

'God's love letter' with a picture of our white dendrobium orchid

O how immeasurable is His awesome love!

Rejoice, sing and be glad!
for you are God's precious child,
today, everyday and always!

He loves me, you and everyone (good and bad alike) with a steadfast love,
that is constant and unconditional,
all-abiding and all-encompassing!

These marvelous thoughts of God's awesome love for us all was triggered on the morning of Valentine's Day as I was reading a Valentine's greeting via email from a wonderful friend. It contained a letter from our Heavenly Father, reassuring us of His all-embracing love, with paraphrased quotes from the Bible, His Living Word.

Thank you lots, my dear friend for this invaluable valentine message, the best I've ever received. What a lovely way to start Valentine's Day, convinced that I am His love, His valentine! And, in response, I proclaim God too as my love, my valentine! An appealing new perspective for me as I've never linked it in this way before. My spirits were rejoicing and in seventh-heaven so to speak, that whole Valentine's day as I pondered on His loving words and even as I write this post.

I'd like to reproduce and share God's endearing letter here, His passionate outpouring of His everlasting love to His children. Let us not harden our hearts, minds and ears. Instead, let us listen to the voice of our Lord and enter into His peace:
My Child...

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1)
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2)
I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3)
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31)
For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27)
In me, you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17:27-28)
For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28)
I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
I chose you, when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12)
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16)
I determined the exact time of your birth, and where you would live. (Acts 17:26)
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
I knit you together in your mother's womb. (Psalm 13:13)
And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6)
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. (John 8:41-44)
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. (Matthew 7:11)
For I am the perfect Father. (Matthew 5:48)
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17)
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33)
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalm 139:17-18)
And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40)
For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5)
I desire to establish you with all my heart, and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41)
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3)
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
Delight in me, and I will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
For it is I, who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13)
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
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. (Psalm 34:18)
As a shepherd carries a lamb I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11)
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. (Revelation 21:3-4)
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. (Revelation 21:4)
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23)
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26)
He is the exact representation of my being. (Hebrews 1:3)
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. (Romans 8:31)
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. (Romans 8:31-32)
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. (Romans 8:39-39)
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7)
I have always been your Father, and will always be your Father. (Ephesians 3:14-15)
My question is....will you be my child? (John 1:12-13)
I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32)

Your Dad
Almighty God

Father God, all-powerful and all-loving, thank you so much for loving me so constantly, even though I am unworthy. Help me to love You more and more each day in response, and to count my blessings daily with deep gratitude and thanksgiving in my heart. Empower me to live in union with you, remembering to praise You in happy moments, seek You in difficult moments, worship You in quiet moments, trust You in painful moments and thank You every moment. Amen

God is love
He who dwells in love dwells in God
and God in him. (1 John 4:16)

Let us embrace HIS LOVE gladly and rejoice! Freely we receive, freely too should we give ours! Not easy, huh? But, with God in us, nothing is impossible!

Alleluia! Praise The Lord!

Update: July 24, 2009 :
During the homily at last Saturday's Sunset Eucharistic Celebration in our church, Fr. Joe Mathews provided a You-tube presentation of the 'Father's Love Letter' and it immediately struck me that the words were familiar. So, today I surfed the internet and found out that this lovely intimate message from God was written by Barry Adams of in 1999.

Do click this link to enjoy the 'Father's Love Letter' video and others, and be affirmed of God's unceasing love for you.

Thank you so much, Barry and God bless you and your family!

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