KMarie Tejeda, MDiv candidate, delivered the following remarks at Morning Prayers in Harvard's Memorial Church on February 19, 2019.
Today, I want to share with you a letter written by the author Barry Adams. The message is titled Father’s Love Letter. This letter is a reminder of how special and precious we are for God. This is a reminder that as part of God’s creation, we are loved, cherished, and cared for. This is a reminder of God's eternal presence with us, and that God is always waiting for us to get closer to Him. He is always waiting for us with arms wide open. We just have to open our hearts and minds, and allow him to do whatever he wants to do in our lives for His glory. Each sentence is made up of a Bible verse, and it reads as follows:
You may not know me, but I know everything about you (Psalm 139:1). I know when you sit down and when you rise up (Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways (Psalm 139:3). Even the very hairs on your head are numbered (Matthew 10:29-31) For you were made in my image (Genesis 1:27) In me you live and move and have your being (Acts 17:28) For you are my offspring (Acts 17:28) I knew you even before you were conceived (Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation (Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake (Psalm 139:15-16) For all your days are written in my book (Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live (Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born (Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me (John 8:41-44)
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love (1 John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you (1 John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father (1 John 3:1) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could (Matthew 7:11) For I am the perfect Father (Matthew 5:48) Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand (James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet all your needs (Matthew 6:31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore (Psalm 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17)
I will never stop doing good to you (Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19:5) I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul (Jeremiah 32:41) And I want to show you great and marvelous things (Jeremiah 33:3) If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me (Deuteronomy 4:29) Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires (Philippians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine (Ephesians 3:20) For I am your greatest encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart (Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes (Revelation 21:3-4) And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth (Revelation 21:4) I am your Father and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus (John 17:23) For in Jesus my love for you is revealed (John 17:26) He is the exact representation of my being (Hebrews 1:3) And He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you (Romans 8:31) And to tell you that I am not counting your sins (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you (1 John 4:10) I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love (Romans 8:32) If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me (1 John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again (Romans 8:38-39) Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen (Luke 15:7) I have always been Father and will always be Father (Ephesians 3:14-15) My question is...Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13) I am waiting for you (Luke 15:11-32).
Your Dad, Almighty God.
I decided to bring this letter because it gives me hope and peace. One of the things that I always reflect on is that it is very easy for us, humans, to forget that God Loves Us unconditionally and that no matter how we might feel or what we have done, his love for us never changes. What great hope and security is to know that the Almighty, the all-knowing, and the all-powerful God cares for us, loves us, and sees us as His children.
God is who He is. He is not a man that should lie, or son of man, that He should change His mind about anything, especially about us and about his feelings towards His creation. If He says in His word that His love never ends, that’s it. God is not angry at us. God is just waiting for us to approach to Him with arms wide open.
Let us pray.
Thank you for your love and presence. Thank you for all that you do, for all that you have planned, and for everything that you will continue doing in my life and in the life of others. Allow us to be more aware of your presence and allow us to give you control of our lives. Thank you for seeing us as your children, and thank you because today is a new day where we can feel and know more about your unconditional love and care. Amen.”