The Love of our Heavenly Father

This is part 2 of the series “God’s love is the Greatest Love.” For the previous post, click here.

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One of the greatest tragedies for a young child is to grow up without a good father. For one thing, fathers provide protection, establish balance, and are often essential to a child’s understanding of how men and women should behave toward one another.

Fathers are a vital part of the family unit.

In ages past, fathers often treated their children as though they ought to be seen and not heard, rarely showing affection and often remaining aloof. This explains why many of the old preachers and pastors framed God as wrathful and distant. In our current culture, many hear “God is our Father” and do not believe He actually exists or cares because their own fathers are likewise absent or uncaring.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Strong fathers are the pillars of their families. They train and discipline, they show their children how a woman ought to be treated, they reflect God in a positive light, and they lay down their own desires to care for their families.

Strong Fathers are priceless.

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TAPS – The Effective Prayer 7.20.15

This post is part of the weekly series on effective prayer.

There is no end of tragedy in this life.

This past week, four unarmed marines and one navy sailor were violently murdered when a cowardly muslim jihadist opened fire on a recruiting center.

A flood of emotions rushed through me when I heard the news. Anger. Frustration. Sadness. Indignation. Disgust. Powerlessness.

What can we do for the fallen?

1) We can honor their memory.

2) We can pray for their families.

I previously published a post on praying for the families of the fallen, and while this post may seem redundant, I’d like to make this particular Effective Prayer post tailored for the people affected by this tragic event.

Pray for the families of the following men:

Image from the guardian.com http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/18/chattanooga-shooting-navy-fifth-victim-died
Image from the guardian.com
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/18/chattanooga-shooting-navy-fifth-victim-died
  • Petty Officer Randall Smith, U.S. Navy
  • Sergeant Thomas J. Sullivan, USMC
  • Lance Corporal Squire “Skip” Wells, USMC
  • Sergeant Carson Holmquist, USMC
  • Staff Sergeant David Wyatt, USMC

For more information on the marines, read here.

For more information on Randall Smith, read here.

The following picture was taken of a makeshift memorial set up in honor of the four marines shortly after the restaurant owner learned of their deaths:

by Jason Davis. Getty Images.
by Jason Davis. Getty Images.

It reminded me of this song from Les Miserables:

There’s a grief that can’t be spoken
There’s a pain goes on and on
Empty chairs at empty tables
Now my friends are dead and gone

…Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will sing no more…

These families are suffering from a grief that cannot be spoken. My guess is that they were extremely grateful to have their loved ones away from the front line, not knowing that the front line would be brought to them while they were unarmed and unprotected in any way.

Pray for their families to be comforted by the Lord.

Pray for the wounded officer

Sergeant Dennis Pedigo of the Chatanooga Police Department was shot in the ankle and underwent surgery.

Pray for his healing both from the injury and from the trauma of the event.

Pray for all of our soldiers.

Pray for their protection. We are a nation at war. It may be a strange, unconventional war, but we are at war nonetheless and the enemy does not observe any sort of code other than the code of killing and terror.

Let us join together in prayer for these men and women impacted by the cowardly act of a group of terrorists. The man who pulled the trigger is, even now, facing his Maker and the consequence of His choice. Remember that the Lord is a God of justice, and He will see that retribution is made.

In Memory of the Fallen.