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.
We need a place where irregular opinions are respected, and where God has the last word.
We need a gentleman leader, not a general.
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.
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.
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