To My Children
An odd word with so many meanings. A ship without motive power, without rudder, without anchor or guidance or purpose. Many of us, in one way or another, can be so characterized; this is nothing to be proud of. God never intended for us to be without purpose. This would be fatal to spending eternity with Him.
The most beautiful word ever said is Love. Without Love nothing would exist, not you or I, the world, or eternity: because there would be no God! The one thing God is, is Love. He made us to Love one another. When into self, Love cannot exist. We became adrift, without purpose.
Why did God create us? Yes, to Love one another, but also to serve, to help those in need, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to give shelter.
We are in this life for such a short time and still many of us spend much of our time trying to make more money, buy a larger home, or a beautiful car, to retire in luxury. We simply must find time for God. He is our anchor, our rudder to guide us. He has to be the cornerstone of our lives.
Our only purpose in life is to spend eternity with Him. Otherwise this life comes to nothing. The road to eternity is long and narrow with many exits. Be aware; all exits lead to dead ends. All roadblocks along the road are our weaknesses. We live in a world that is an illusion, hidden from God’s eyes.
Today parents have a most difficult time in raising their children. There are so many ways that they are led astray. The news media, radio, TV, movies, the daily newspaper – they are all slanted towards self-indulgence, worldly pleasures, to live the ‘American Dream’: all an illusion. Our teens pick the worst as role models; girls dress, or undress, to seduce the opposite sex. Parents be aware, you will be held responsible. Unless God is the center of our life we become adrift and live in a world of illusion, a life without purpose; giving Satan his opening.
Daily, thank God for giving you a mother second to none. Your mom, as mine, had only a single purpose in life: To Love God, His Church, and the Family. This was the center of their lives from which flowed God’s joy. I am proud of all of you, and in you I can see them, a true reflection – by their fruits you shall know them. Yes, I am truly blessed.
To wake up each morning at the first glimpse of light, knowing that in a very short time the heavens will explode into a thousand shades of red and gold. God gives us a glimpse of what He has prepared for those who Love Him. How often have we heard: ‘eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, or hasn’t even entered our minds’ – Eternity with Him. Nothing else, I repeat, nothing else is important.
True Love has no price; it is given freely. What carries a price tag is only for this life. There is nothing wrong with making money, providing we give God His share freely. Make God our cornerstone, make Him our solid foundation from which to build according to His plan. Remember without Him there is nothing worthwhile.
The reason for this letter is, I’m trying to make amends for my life. I am a little wiser now. I have failed you many times as a father. I, too, was adrift, living for worldly pleasures. I suppose it was when I had by-pass surgery that I realized that I was looking for worldly pleasures. I got off of the exit and found the long narrow road. The world has become a better place.
I have written this with tears in my eyes, yes I have been truly blest.