Who’s Your Father?

  •  Who he was has affected who you are.

My father has left me with some of his scars from his childhood – – – like

  • He’s loving, kind, and gentle when not drinking
  • he beat me on occasion

Who’s your father?    Who he was has affected who you are.

  • He had an inappropriate relationship with me
  • I do not trust men

Who’s your father?  Who he was has affected who you are.

  • He is a good provider, always working
  • he is distant from me

Who’s your father?  Who he was has affected who you are.

  • He left me
  • I feel rejected

Who’s your father?  Who he was has affected who you are.

  • He is not loving
  • I feel empty

Who’s your father?  Who he was has affected who you are.

  • I have a good father
  • but he is not perfect in his love and acceptance of me

Who’s your father?  Who he was has affected who you are.

  • I don’t have a father
  • then you have an emptiness in you, a hole, a void, something missing

Who’s your father?  Who he was has affected who you are.

  • Jesus reflects his father’s love
  • embrace him
  • I and the Father are one (John 10:30 RSV)

You and I did not have a perfect earthly father, but all of those childhood hurts can be healed when we embrace Jesus who reflects his father’s heart that can heal all your hurts, rejections, and sorrows.  Let him love you.

Call to your heavenly father to bring his healing balm of love to your soul.

One morning in prayer the father came to me and encompassed me with his overwhelming protective love.

 

 

 

 

Companion to All

If you have read Jesus’ biography, you know he did not leave us alone, he gave us his Holy Spirit as our constant companion.

Your family, friends, and those you admire will not always be with you, but the Holy Spirit is.  Wherever you are, call out and listen; the Holy Spirit will come and give you guidance, wisdom, and understanding.

My first encounter with the Holy Spirit was being baptized.  Did I understand it then, no, but the Holy Spirit did.

My second encounter was wondering what this life and my life was about. The Holy Spirit took that vague thinking of mine and turned it into my greatest adventure.

Look back on your life and see where you have been and now ask yourself where am I going from here.  Come Holy Spirit!

The Holy Spirit can speak to you through your daily circumstances, reading a book, conversation with a friend, music, long checkout line, drama, joys, nature, dirty diapers, local and international news, grouchy customer, walking, running, flat tire, entertainment, your troubles, sadness, vexations, and even your pet or that pesky mosquito; there is no limit to his voice only my failure to listen.

Come Holy Spirit

  • when I find myself helpless and hopeless
  • when I feel like I have been rejected again
  • when I am suffering
  • when I am unable to love those around me
  • when I am happy again

The more you come to know the Holy Spirit and see his action in your life he begins to impart to you characteristics of his personality: love, joy, peace, and patience.

Come Holy Spirit and fill my life with you.

“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:18 NAB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is This Jesus?

  • How can I come to know Him?

My friend advised me to read the Bible, but start with the New Testament.  It is Jesus’ biography written by those who followed him during his life on earth.  Jesus never wrote anything, but he had a special way of fulfilling his journey on earth that included a lot of people.  He gave hope to his followers, healed the sick, restored hurting minds and wounded hearts, and comforted the poor.  Reading the book of Mark will give you a good idea of who he was and what was his mission.

That’s nice my friend, but how does that affect me today in my life with all of my troubles, wants, needs, desires, hurts, and insanity?

Jesus is alive!  He is able to help you through this earthly journey just as he helps all those who have faith in him.  His stories will invite you to come and sit with him as you would with your best friend.  Jesus is full of wisdom, kindness, and most of all, love and acceptance of you as a person.  There is no condemnation of your past, only forgiveness.

My friend, forgiveness of my past would be a great gift, but what about my daily wrongdoing?  Sometimes I can’t seem to escape my own misdeeds and they are repeated again and again without my intention, sometimes with my intentions, which I regret later on.   These misdeeds have a way of piling up again higher and higher.

In scripture (the Bible) Jesus calls all misdeeds or wrongdoings sin. You, I, and everybody else do not live perfectly in a loving and compassionate way.  I think most of us would like to, but our capacity to do so is a little shaky.

Jesus has a plan to help me and you live our lives helping and accepting others and ourselves as he does.

“For I know the plans I have for you – – – – plans to give you a future and a hope.”  (Jeremiah 29:11 RSV)