But uncomforted pain can leave a wound for a lifetime. No matter how well your earthly father may have provided for you, even if you lived in a large home, wore the nicest clothing, and ate the best food, if you didn’t feel protected, comforted, or safe in his presence, you may never feel safe anywhere else in your life. If the wounds of your childhood were left uncomforted by your earthly father, you may never feel comforted in God’s presence. And you may spend your entire life looking for a place of safety and belonging, longing for a home.
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At CIA headquarters in Langley, one of the newest artifacts in the agency’s private museum is a message from a father to his 3-year-old son. The gold-embossed letterhead features a swastika and the name Adolf Hitler.
“Dear Dennis,” the seven-sentence letter begins. “The man who might have written on this card once controlled Europe — three short years ago when you were born. Today he is dead, his memory despised, his country in ruins.”
Dennis is Dennis Helms, now a 69-year-old intellectual-property lawyer in New Jersey. The letter writer was his father, Richard Helms, the CIA director during the Vietnam War and Watergate eras, who died in 2002. Right after Germany’s surrender, Lt. Helms, an intelligence operative, sneaked into Hitler’s chancellery in Berlin and pilfered the Fuehrer’s stationery. He dated the letter “V-E day” for May 8, 1945.
In particular, Dennis loves the letter’s ending. His father signed off with a term that he rarely used for himself.
“The price of ridding society of bad is always high. Love, Daddy.”
Now there is a picture of the Gospel.
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