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AN OPEN LETTER TO FAMILY MEN

By June 16, 2013 No Comments

She was blond and beautiful, with azure eyes and a tumble of tawny curls.

At three years of age, she would climb into her daddy’s lap, snuggle up with a wide, satisfied smile, and purr, “This is my safe place!” And so it was.

A SAFE PLACE

Dads, husbands, YOU are the “safe place.” You are our protector and provider.

And when you gather us for a time with God, we need a safe place.

A safe place, not a lecture.

A safe place, not a sermon.

A very human dad/husband who simply cares about God and us. We don’t need or even want a “spiritual giant.” We just want you.

And we need a gathering time where it’s safe to say to each other, “How are you and the Lord getting along?” “How can we pray today?”

We need a safe place to cry laugh, sing, rejoice, challenge, share, and sometimes not to share and have it be okay.

TIME WITH DAD

We need a time with you that’s relaxed.
Unstiff, when we can pray honestly, in simple sentences, from our hearts.

Unfixed.

Unrigid.

Unroutine.

Unshackled.

We need a place where irregular opinions are respected, and where God has the last word.

We need a gentleman leader, not a general.

Gracious.

Relaxed.

Human.

A family shepherd who exhibits not infallible authority, but a thirst for God.

Some who will read the Bible with us.

Every day? Not necessarily.

Often? Yes.

Long? No.

Where? Anywhere.

How? Sense where we’re at, and zero in. We may need heavy-duty confessing to each other and to God…silent prayer…exuberant praise…Bible study.

But not every time.

Thanks for listening, Dad.

Remember, we need you.

Your family.

(Linda Anderson)

APPLICATION: Forward this to all the dads you know. Please leave a comment below.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 25 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 36 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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