A young man, the son of a gospel preacher, in his teenage years, became involved in using alcohol and other drugs, and sexual immorality. He left the Lord and was withdrawn from by the local church. In the summer of 1990, near Father’s day, he wrote the following letter to his father.
Happy Father’s Day. I wasn’t able to get you a card right now. This is what you call a generic Father’s Day card. Dad, I know I was never easy and I know I have had a lot of problems, but I have always known that you love me and will be there for me. Dad, I know I don’t tell you very often but I do love you and I’m glad you are my father. I look back at how close we used to be and if I could start all over I would have never hurt you or Mom. I love you both so much. I just don’t know how I could have done some of the things I did.
I’m glad I married ________ and settled down because now I can see what I have done to you and Mom. Thanks for being there for me. Dad, I love you.
This letter was received with gladness by his parents. It has been said that a long journey begins with a single step. He has made that first step. Pray for this young man, that he might realize that the pain and hurt he caused his earthly parents, he also inflicted on his heavenly Parent. And just as his earthly parents are willing to forgive, so is our Father in heaven willing to forgive those who return to him. John wrote, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1:9).
Pray for this young man, that he might continue his journey, and return to the Shepherd and Bishop of his soul, and to the Lord’s people.
Guardian of Truth XXXV: 1, p. 8
January 3, 1991