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Thursday, 04 April 2013

There is a lot of reconnecting going on these days via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and email.  The kind of reconnecting I enjoy in this ministry is seeing a dad meet with his son after a rift in their relationship resulted in several years of silence, and watching a dad work to engage emotionally with his daughter as their relationship started to drift during her teen years. Technology almost encourages taking relational connections for granted. My challenge to dads is to dedicate some time with the Lord via knee-mail and follow His lead to create opportunities for reconnecting with a loved one.
 
The Word on RECONNECTING is: "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" - John 20:17.

On that first Easter morning Jesus reconnected what had suffered disconnect in the Garden of Eden - relationship with our Father. This reality was a game changer in my life. My heavenly Father helped me accept my earthly father for doing the best he could with the cards life dealt him, including service in WWII, and embrace His word as the history to reference for decisions and relationships in front of me. The Lord enabled me to move beyond a focus on overcoming my father's example to focusing on His example.
 
Prayer guide: Lord, thank You for the second Adam, Jesus the Christ that completed the work You sent Him to do, to reconnect us with You. Your unconditional love for us is a powerful example to follow as a father. Help me love as You love and create opportunities to reconnect when life happens and causes some degree of disconnect in relationships dear to You. Continue to be with me and flow through me as the man, husband and father You call me to be. Amen.
 
A faithful father reconnects daily with the Father through time in prayer, scripture, worship and study.

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