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 .