Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Letters from Dad Is A Must for Men

We are midway through the Letters from Dad course. We have about 28 men who are participating in the four sessions that meet every three weeks. The purpose of this course is to unlock the hearts of fathers. The theme is taken from Malachi 4:6.

Letters from Dad leaves a legacy of faith, hope, and love through the lost art of letter writing. The men have already written a letter of blessing to their wives and are in the process of writing letters to their children. These letters will be delivered before we meet again. A third letter is a letter to parents (maybe even deceased) and the fourth letter is a "Final" letter to be given to the family at the writer's death.

Letters from Dad is so much more than the opportunity to learn to open up and express ourselves to those whom we love the most. If that was all it was, then it would be worth every moment of investment, but it is also a bonding time for men. They learn from each other and hold each other accountable. LFD is a growth time when men take off their mask and just be themselves. It may end up being one of the most profound men's events of the year. It can't help but change lives.

One of our men finished the letter to his wife early last week. He was excited about it. On Friday his wife walked out and he had one of those grieving weekends that most of us have encountered. On Sunday night I saw something that left me in awe. At the end of our LFD session, the men gathered around this hurting man and prayed over him. I felt like I was in heaven and I know that many of the men felt the same way. It was an awesome time that came out of the offering of Letters from Dad. I won't forget it.

As you can tell, I would wholeheartedly recommend Letters from Dad to anyone. We will probably repeat it this Fall. Men from other churches are already asking for it. The producers of LFD have just finished a course for women as well. If you would like more information, go to www.lettersfromdad.com .

Sunday, April 19, 2009

It Has Been Awhile

It seems like forever since I last wrote something on here. I guess it has been over two months. Most people will have forgotten that I even have a blog, but I guess I deserve that for my inattention.

So much has happened. We had our fourth grandchild since I last wrote something. Her name is Kesleigh Anne and she was born on February 23rd. Miranda gave birth to her at Texas Women's Hospital and it was a great day. I got lost that night between the Medical Center and 610 trying to get home. I know it is hard to get lost down there, but if anybody can, it is me.

Then my card went out on the laptop. It was so easy to write while watching television, but I still have not replaced it. I guess that is the main reason that I've not written, but maybe thinking I've been too busy would rank up there too. I guess anything sounds good if you're looking for an excuse.

We did start Letters from Dad. About 30-35 showed up for the enlistment (informational) dinner and we ended up registering 30. We had our first session two weeks ago and it went real well. We come back together again next Sunday to see how we did that last three weeks and get ready for the next phase.

The men are writing letters right now to their wives and should present it to them sometime this week. They are also reading the book Letters from Dad and a couple of other assignments. The next assignment is letters to their children. That should be an awesome adventure. Then there will be a class on May 17 and we end on June 7. I would highly recommend this study for anyone and a class for women is about to begin. For more information go to lettersfromdad.com.

Have a great week and really make it count for something!