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marbella3 65F
2008 posts
11/8/2018 4:17 am

Last Read:
11/9/2018 6:01 pm

Fathers and Sons

Read: Ephesians 4:31–32

Bible in a Year: Jeremiah 43–45; Hebrews 5

He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers. Malachi 4:6

My father was a good father, and, in most respects, I was a dutiful son. But I allowed my father to starve for the one thing I could have given him: myself.

He was a quiet man; I was equally silent. We often worked for hours side-by-side with scarcely a word passing between us. He never asked; I never told him my deepest desires and dreams, my hopes and fears.

In time I woke up to my reticence. Perhaps the perception came when my first son was born, or when, one by one, my sons went out into the world. Now I wish I had been more of a son to my father.

I think of all the things I could have told him. And all the things he could have told me. At his funeral I stood beside his casket, struggling to understand my emotions. “It’s too late, isn’t it?” my wife said quietly. “Exactly.”

My comfort lies in the fact that we’ll be able to set things right in heaven, for is that not where every tear will be wiped away? (Revelation 21:4).

For believers in Jesus, death is not the end of affection but the beginning of timeless existence in which there will be no more misunderstandings; relationships will be healed and love will grow forever. There, the hearts of sons will turn to their fathers and the hearts of fathers to their sons (Malachi 4:6).

Father, thank You for forgiving me and allowing me to experience a restored relationship with You. Help me to seek reconciliation in my broken relationships and deeper connections with others close to me even as I await the healing that will come in Your presence.

In God’s power and love, draw closer to others while there’s time.


MrsJoe 71F
9418 posts
11/8/2018 7:16 am

My own dad died when I was eight years old and my experiences with a step dad left me without a good example of a loving father. I think that was one of the hardest parts to accept and yet the most treasured part of my relationship with the Father.

Life's short. Be sure you spend your time on the internet, arguing with strangers over politics.


queen71 47F
14 posts
11/8/2018 10:57 am

Amen


deborahsu2 78F
2799 posts
11/8/2018 12:13 pm

God gave me a wonderful Dad. Dad and I had a great relationship. There haven't been many days (since his passing 26 years ago) that I have not wished that I could talk to him.


starwomyn 65F
5921 posts
11/9/2018 11:43 am

I am happy to say that my grandson has the best father.

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