Our Father

Dear Ones:

Frederick Faber wrote in his hymn “My God, How Wonderful Thou Art” about God as the Father:

“No earthly father loves like Thee,
No mother e’er so mild
Bears and forbears as Thou hast done
With me, Thy sinful child.”

One of the most wonderful of all the descriptions of God is as our Father.  Christ Himself taught us this in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your FATHER which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Continue reading

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The Finding of His Face

Dear Ones:

How can we know that God is near?

David was conscious of God’s nearness. “For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.” (Psalm 139:4)  David was aware that God knew all of his thoughts and words.  But on an even more intimate level David wrote, “When Thou saidst, Seek ye may face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)  David heard God’s call to seek His face and he answered that call. Continue reading

A Parable About Prayer

Dear Ones:

“And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; ‘for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; “and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? “I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.” Luke 11:5-9

This visitor came at an inopportune time.  It was late and he was hungry. The host Continue reading

“I Will There Talk With Thee”

Dear Ones:

In the book of the Song of Solomon (5:2,6), we have the picture of the bridegroom/shepherd, arriving home, and seeking His bride.  He stands at the door and speaks. She recognizes His voice, and as she puts it, “…I sleep, my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh.”  It is at this point, that, even though the bridegroom says, “Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled…,” that the bride responds sluggishly, Continue reading