Dear Praying Friend,
I have come up with a new way of reassuring my love to Fulton. Once a week when we are alone I say to him, “Son, let’s go over the basics.” He gives a big thumbs up, which means, Yes, I want to do that.
Then I say to him, “Son, you realize you are my son." Thumbs up.
"There’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. You will ALWAYS be my son.” Thumbs up again.
Then I say, “I will always be your father, and there’s nothing you can do about that either. Nor would I want you to.” He gives me the thumbs up with a big smile.
I continue by saying, “You realize I would never leave you, no matter what.” Another thumbs up.
Then I hit him with the clincher. I say to him, “Son, there’s nothing you can do, or fail to do, that would ever stop me from loving you. PERIOD.” He then responds with a thumbs up and a huge smile, and we hug.
One reason why I go over the basics is because I don’t really know how he feels, or even if he remembers from week to week.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about our little ritual. It seems to me God, too, goes over the essentials of his love for us many times because we would either forget it, or ignore it. So the next time God shares his love, give him a big smile and a thumbs up.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 31:3, “Long ago the LORD said to Israel: "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”