Father’s Love Letter

Father’s Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications
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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 17:28
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 139:13
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.
Psalms 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 21:3-4
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 8:38-39
Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
Luke 15:7
I have always been Father,
and will always be 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

Love, Your Dad
Almighty God

Lectio Divina

I really like this post about Lectio Divina from This Catholic Life.

Remember our profound ignorance of God as you read.  Pretend that you have never read or heard of the verses you are reading and see it as if for the first time.  Read slowly and out loud if you can.
Take note of what jumps out of you.
Read it again slowly.
Listen for Gods voice as you read.

To read more…please go to this post.

Lent Prayers from JW

“Dear sweet Jesus, I love You Christ crucified. When I look upon Your body so dishonoured and disfigured on Calvary’s cross, my heart is inflamed with love for You. I cannot see anything but Your Beauty. You have graced me to see the Beauty of Your Love emanating from that cross in glorious rays, streaming out to the world, for the world. This image fills me with tears of gratitude, adoration and praise. Jesus, thank You for your perfect Love, Humility and Obedience to our Father. You are the Lord of Love!” 
Jeanette Woodley 2011
“As horrible as all the suffering and death was for You, Jesus, I understand the need for it. When I think about all Your sufferings, my heart is grieved. You knew how much it would take for hearts of mankind to soften towards You. We value dying for another as the highest act of heroism. You needed us to see how much You Love Us….unto Death. Even though the spilling of one drop of your blood could have satisfied our Father’s sense of Justice, Your perfect plan for our salvation in your suffering and death on the cross was agreed upon by the Most Blessed Trinity and fulfilled perfectly in You! Thank You, Jesus, for Your perfect Obedience and Love!”
Jeanette Woodley 2011

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“Come down from that tree…”

                 …”for today I must stay at your house …”

I like to blend in; I fit easily in a crowd, unnoticed.  I had heard so many things about Jesus, and I just wanted to catch a glimpse of this charismatic Man.
I saw the perfect tree ~ easy enough to climb to get a little height.  I didn’t have time to think about it. 
Jesus would be walking by, any minute…surrounded by the eager crowd.
For once, I wasn’t thinking about what anyone else would think.  I knew that everyone else was focused on catching a glimpse on this famous Jesus.

From my perch in the tree, I still felt lost in the crowd. 
I guess that’s why at first it didn’t register that
 Jesus was looking at me.
Then He was speaking to me.
He called me by name.  No, He wasn’t calling someone else behind me
…I checked.
He called me by name, asking me to come down quickly from the tree.
He announced ~ in front of the whole crowd ~ that He would be coming to my house.
Still in disbelief that He was indeed addressing me, my mind began to race to recall the state of my house. 
I had left in a hurry that morning…late again.

My home wasn’t ready for company…let alone this company…Jesus!
Suddenly, I was jolted back to the present as I was warmed by His penetrating gaze.
He wasn’t coming to my house to assess my housekeeping skills.

Right now, He was assessing my soul…my eagerness to draw close to Him, my desire to follow Him,
learn from Him, serve Him and reflect His Love…my yearning to accept His unconditional Love.

He knows that I climbed that tree to catch a glimpse of Him:  how deep does my gaze go?
How much can I read from His gentle Face?  How much can I take in, in that glimpse?

He asks me “what do you see when you look at Me?”
He listens intently as I answer Him…

1st Sunday of Lent 2011

He allows temptation, and uses it providentially to purify you, to make you holy, to detach you more from the things of earth…and above all, to make you humble…

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James1:12

Collected from In Conversation with God, by Fr. Francis Fernandez.

Ash Wednesday 2011

Have mercy on me, God, in Your Kindness,
in Your Compassion blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.
My offences truly I know them:
my sin is always before me.
Against You, You alone, have I sinned;
what is evil in Your Sight I have done.
A pure heart create for me, O God;
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your Presence,
nor deprive me of Your Holy Spirit.
Give me again the joy of Your Help;
with a spirit of fervour sustain me.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare Your Praise.

Psalm 51 
translation selected for In Conversation with God volume 2 for Ash Wednesday