We wanted to take a moment to wish all of our readers a blessed Father's Day. Below are some words of encouragement from scripture, as well as a story from Timeless Stories by Vance Christie..
"And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
"As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him."
"My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights."
"What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001)
Praying for a Hankie
ONE morning while a prisoner at Ravensbruck, Corrie ten Boom awoke with a bad cold. Back in her homeland, with a hankie to use for blowing her nose, she would have easily adjusted to the infirmity. But in the concentration camp, without so much as a hankie, she felt she could not bear her cold and runny nose.
“Well, why don’t you pray for a hankie?” suggested her sister, Betsie.
Corrie wanted to laugh. There they were imprisoned in a camp where thousands of people each week were being executed or put through unbearable suffering. ‘And Betsie suggests I pray for a hankie!’ she thought. ‘If I were to pray for anything, it would be for something big, not something little like that.’
Betsie, however, immediately and simply prayed: ‘Father, in the name of Jesus I now pray for a hankie for Corrie, because she has a bad cold.’
Corrie shook her head and walked away. A short while later she was standing by the window of her barracks when she heard someone call her name. Looking out, she spotted a friend and fellow-prisoner who worked in the camps hospital approaching her.
‘Here you are’, the woman said to Corrie in a matter-of-fact tone as she extended a small package to her. ‘Take it. I bring you a little present.’
Corrie could hardly believe her eyes when she opened the small parcel it contained a handkerchief! ‘How did you know?’ she queried. ‘Did Betsie tell you? Did you know I had a cold?’
The woman shrugged, then revealed,’ I know nothing. I was busy sewing handkerchiefs out of an old piece of sheet, and there was a voice in my heart saying, “Take a hankie to Corrie ten Boom.” So, there is your gift, from God.’
Later Corrie commented: ‘That pocket handkerchief, made from an old piece of sheet, was a message from heaven for me. It told me that there is a heavenly Father who hears, even if one of His children on this little planet prays for a tiny little thing like a hankie. Not only does He hear, but He speaks to another of His children and says, “Bring a hankie to Corrie ten Boom.”’
-Excerpted from Timeless Stories by Vance Christie