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Music: The Lord's  Prayer

Our Father! How blessed we are, that all

Thy mercies sweet like sunlight fall

So constant o'er our way.

That Thy great love should shelter us,

And guide our steps so tenderly

Through every changing day.

- author unknown -

A Father's Never-Ending Love  

Once upon a time there was a son who decided to leave
his father's household and go out into the world.  Now he
had a good life while he lived with his father for his father
was a good and kind man who took care of his son's needs.
But the son decided he wanted to experience the things of
the world and see if he was missing out on anything.  The
son asked his father to give him all the money he would
have inherited upon his father's death.  The father sadly
did as his son requested for he knew he had to let his son
go, for love releases another and never tries to control them.
So the son set off with his inheritance in hand to see the world.

At first it was great, so the son thought, he was partying and
having a wild time with the friends he had met who were of the
world.  But then his money ran out and so did his friends, for
the partying had to come to an end.  He was now all alone with
no one to help him.  He finally persuaded a farmer to hire him
to feed his pigs for meager wages which didn't give him much
money for food.  The pigs ate better than he did and he began
to want to eat with the pigs.  

This finally brought him to his senses and he remembered that
even his father's hired men ate better than what he was eating
right now.  So he decided that he should return to his father's
house and say,  "Father, I have sinned against both heaven
and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.
Please take me on as one of your hired men."  And immediately
he set off for his father's house.

The father had never ceased to love his son and he constantly
prayed for his son while he was away and hoped that one day
his son would come to his senses and return home once again.
He was vigilant in watching for his son's return.  And one day
to his great delight he saw in the distance a man coming and he
knew it was his son.  Filled with love and compassion, he ran to
his son, embraced him and kissed him.  His son told him what he
had purposed in his heart to tell him, "Father, I have sinned
against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being
called your son."

But his father said to his servants, "Quick!  Bring the finest robe
in the house and put it on him.  Get a ring for his finger, and
sandals for his feet.  And kill the calf we have been fattening in the
pen.  We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead
and has now returned to life.  He was lost, but now he is found!
So the son was treated to a party such as he had never experienced
in the world.  What he had gone in search of was to be found right
there in his father's household after all! 
(based on Luke 15:11-24)

          "A wise son brings joy to his Father."
Proverbs 10:1

"Train up a child in the way he should go;
 and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6

God the Father loves us all very much and He wants us to live
with Him for all eternity - but the choice is ours.  We can take
our heavenly inheritance and squander it on unrighteous living
and He will release us to do that - for love never demands its
own way, but it will make Him very sad.  But if we come to
our senses and hurry back to our Heavenly Father with a
repentant heart - we will find Him waiting with love and
compassion and open arms, eagerly ready to welcome us
home.  What a day of rejoicing that will be!  All of heaven
will break forth into rejoicing over the one who was lost but
now has found their way home. 

"Today I have given you the choice between life and death,
between blessings and curses.  I call on heaven and earth to
witness the choice you make.  Oh, that you would choose life,
that you and your descendents might live!"
Deuteronomy 30:19

There Is Someone Following Me

A careful man I ought to be ;

A little fellow fellows me.

I do not dare to go astray

For fear he'll go the selfsame way.


I cannot once escape his eyes;

Whate'er he sees me do he tries.

Like me he says he's going to be,

The little chap who follows me.


He thinks that I am good and fine,

Believes in every word of mine.

The base in me he must not see,

That little chap who follows me.


I must remember as I go

Thro' summer's sun and winter's snow,

I'm building for years to be ...

That little chap who follows me.

- author unknown -

A Father's Prayer

Father in Heaven, make me wise,

So that my gaze may never meet

A question in my children's eyes.

God, keep me always close to You,

Faithful and true and filled with grace.

Patient with my children's needs

As You have always been with mine.

Let each vexation know its place,

Let gentleness always be my rule,

Let laughter be present upon each child's face!

A father's duty is to be true,

There are many examples I must set,

Before my children's ever watchful eyes.

Let me never fail You nor them,

In how I live my life!

- author unknown -



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