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I promised a few people I would post this.  During our Rite of Welcome retreat we had a letter from God.  It is taken entirely from scripture and describes how God sees and feels for us individually.  I was extremely moved by this.  I have no idea where this letter came from.  If anyone does, please send me the info so I can credit the individual(s) who compiled this.  My only suggestion is to get in a quiet space, and when you read this; read it as if God were speaking to you directly as I did.

Roy

 

Dear ________,

 

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, 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 come 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 21:3-4

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

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 8:31-32

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

Love Your Dad,

Almighty God