Dear child of God,
I know this is a hard day for you. You miss your Dad. Like Crazy. And Father’s Day brings exposes a lot of raw grief. And I will take advantage of you when you are so vulnerable. You wish you had one last hug, you replay the moments that he was coherent and responded with the determination that he always had. You have a thousand “what ifs.” But right here, child of God, is where you make your choice. You can recall these moments with bitterness and believe that God was cruel. Or you can see God’s light shining through those last moments – even when your heart was so astray and hurting. You can choose to keep your eyes upon Jesus. And trust that He is good and perfect. And choose to rejoice that your dad is not in the darkness of this world but in the perfect light that Jesus shines upon him.
So, dear child, this may be a difficult day. But don’t let me rob you of the joy you can feel looking back upon his life. You can choose to rejoice.
God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:5
Dear Child of God,
Sometimes I whisper in your ear. Disguised as your own internal monologue. But sometimes, I use others to sabotage you. I’ve already convinced you that you do not have worth. But then, I enlist others to do my work for me. I don’t even have to whisper “worthless” or “broken” in your ear anymore. I use the judgment of others. And after being the sounding board of criticism and judgment for decades – you believe that’s how all other people think. You think judgment and condemnation are normal and it lays heavy on your shoulders wherever you go. It is hard to wrap your brain around an alternate reality. The true reality. Not a warped vision of the truth. A reality that says that those who are so judgmental are also deeply hurting and sick. A reality that says that you are NOT broken beyond repair or worthless in God’s sight. A reality that is kinder and gentler than one you had ever envisioned. And a reality in which, when those judgmental people do come, you can dismiss them. A reality in which you have a choice. You can choose to believe what the sick world says or what the word of God says about you. The truth that God dearly loves you. Hold that truth close to your heart. And when I try to contradict that truth… when I try to twist it – hold it up next to The Truth. And you will be set free.
Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 NIV