A reflection on the needs of our family

Reflections for the day

My helpless friend, your helplessness is the most powerful plea which rises up to the tender father-heart of God. You think that everything is closed to you because you cannot pray. My friend, your helplessness is the very essence of prayer.

– O. Hallesby

“Eighteen-year-old Hudson Taylor wandered into his father’s library and read a gospel tract. He couldn’t shake off its message. Finally, falling to his knees, he accepted Christ as his Savior. Later, his mother, who had been away, returned home. When Hudson told her the good news, she said, “I already know. Ten days ago, the very date on which you tell me you read that tract, I spent the entire afternoon in prayer for you until the Lord assured me that my wayward son had been brought into the fold.”

Our Daily Bread, July 19, 1989.  [Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) was a famous missionary in China.  He was founder of the China Inland Mission which, at his death, included 205 mission stations with over 800 missionaries, and 125,000 Chinese Christians.  He spent 51 years in China].

A reflection on the needs of a family

Heavenly Father,

You are a loving Heavenly Father and you are the creator of all. The love that you have for all Mankind is a love that will, at a time in the future, be a love that will be desired by many, as it is a love that can heal a pain of rejection, and as it is a love that accepts all. Heavenly Father, it is at this time we desire for Mankind to consider the needs of a family.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that as followers of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, we need to give to a child a love in the same way as you give your love to Mankind. We are able to see in a way that is clear that your intention is for all families to grow into a relationship, and a relationship is one that is desired by you to be a relationship that can be described as one of a love that is unconditional.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that all Mankind is born into a relationship, which is a relationship that can draw its meaning from you as our Loving Heavenly Father. We acknowledge that many are able to grow up in a relationship with two parents, and in a relationship where there are two parents there will be a dependency upon another. We acknowledge some are unable to grow up in a relationship with two parents for a number of reasons. We acknowledge that a single parent is one who should be accepted, and is one who should be honoured for an important task that is undertaken under in a circumstance that for some is difficult.

Heavenly Father, your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, taught all Mankind to welcome a child. Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, taught all to have a patience with a child, and all to love a child, and all to respect a child, and all to be kind to a child, and all to be gentle with a child.

Heavenly Father, we ask you to guide all Mankind in the way to bring up a child, and in the way to treat a child, and we ask you to guide many in allowing a child to grow up in a way that is mature, in terms of spiritually, and in terms of emotionally.

Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that all families live a life that is centred on you and not a life that is centred on another. We ask you to guide many to live a life in faith and to live a life of obedience to yourself.

Heavenly Father, we are somewhat dismayed that some are unable to live a life that is desired by you. We are able to see in a way that is clear that some children push against what is described as a boundary of morality, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that some children seek an approval of a peer instead of turning to you in all that is said, and in all that is done, and we are able to see in a way that is clear  that some children seek a gratification of a desire and are unable to see in a way that is clear that yourself must be put first in all that is thought, and in all that is said, and in all that is done. Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that all will place a child in a heart that is one that has a love that is unconditional.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that a relationship has a structure that is mirrored in a family. We acknowledge that all are called to live in a love that is all encompassing with yourself, Our Heavenly Father, and with a neighbour. We hope and we pray that all Mankind are able to see in a way that is clear that by loving you with all of a heart, and by loving you with all of a soul, and by loving you with all of a mind, and by loving you with all of a strength, that all are able to love another. We hope and we pray that many will reflect on the love you have for all, and we hope and we pray that your love is one that will be emulated in all relationships, and will be a love that does not seek a condition, and will be a love that does not seek an expectation from another.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to yourself, Our Heavenly Father, all that has been said in the name of yourself, Our Heavenly Father, who together with your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and your Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is the Governor of all who live on this earth, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

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Posted on March 7, 2012, in love, putting others first, The needs of our family and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Daphne Williams

    I have been fortunate to grow up within a united family and have been able to create, with my late husband, a similar background for my children. It is important, that as one grows older that that relationship is maintained. The story of Ruth and Naomi comes to mind of the bereaved daughter-in-law who was faithful to her widowed mother-in-law and the love that blossomed between the two of them. May our Father bless the unity of families and bless my family for the support they now give me.

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