2.4.05

Daddy...Papai...

Oro para que, com as suas gloriosas riquezas, ele os fortaleça com poder, por meio do seu Espírito no homem interior, para que Cristo habite em seus corações mediante a fé; e oro para que vocês, estando arraigados e alicerçados em amor, tenham poder, juntamente com todos os santos, para compreender a largura, o comprimento, a altura e a profundidade, e conhecer o amor de Cristo que excede todo conhecimento, para que vocês sejam cheios de toda a plenitude de Deus. --Efésios 3.16-19 (Nova Versão Internacional)

This verse is one I sent to one of my two "daughters," Ligía. In English the verse is found in Ephesians 3.16-19:
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

I am so thankful for Ligía and my other "daughter" Raquel. They
mean so much to me. They both went to my wife's seminary. Raquel called Loiana her mom and so I became Daddy after our marriage. Ligía came to a crusade we ministered at in Caetes I by Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil. She was present for a Sunday School class I spoke at and she identified with my younger days. We grew closer and I have become like a father to her in many ways.

Both Raquel and Ligía have families that do not seem to care for them like they should. I believe God has placed them in my life to be their "Daddy" or "Papai" (Português for Daddy) and show them a picture of His love for them. It is a gift for me in many ways. They encourage me just by caring that I care about them.

In Brasil the daughters often ask their father for a blessing. They both asked me at times and now I send them a blessing whenever I can. That is why I sent this verse; it is a blessing to one of my "daughters."

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