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The Power of the Blessing of a Parent

James M. Littleton

Recently, I was tucking my daughter Shealagh, age eight, into bed. She was wrapped up like a cocoon in her blanket as comfortable as could be. I sat on her bed and bent over to bless her with Holy Water and hug her. I was moved to whisper in her ear, “You’re safe.” She responded with such a peaceful, heavenly, comfortable look and said, “I am safe with you, Daddy.”


Is this not how our loving father in heaven acts with us? Well, I want to tell you with complete assurance that God, your Father, is embracing you at this very moment, and He is longing for you to hear His words for you, and only you, as if you are the only person He ever created. He is whispering to you individually, “You are safe, you’re safe.” And our response should be, “Yes, dear Daddy, I am always safe with you” as we experience His profound peace. And as long as we do not push God away, He will see to every good in our life and see us safely into heaven where we will behold His face and experience His divine embrace for all eternity.


Following this experience with my daughter, I providentially came across a validating scripture passage in prayer in these very words:

“The one who looked like a man touched me again and strengthened me, saying, ‘Fear not, beloved, you are safe; take courage and be strong.’ When he spoke to me, I grew strong and said, ‘Speak, my lord, for you have strengthened me’” (Daniel 10:19-20, NAB).

There is a prevalence of inordinate fear and anxiety in western culture today. Yet, we are called not to live a fear-driven life, but rather a life of deeply rooted faith and trust in our loving, all powerful, caring Father in heaven. Yes, He is your Father. We all innately desire safety and security, but the things of this world cannot fulfill this cavernous desire, this seemingly unquenchable thirst for love and safety. Only God, our Father of Mercy, can fulfill this intense yearning for complete safety and security. Jesus tells us not to worry and He tells us that His father is our Father and that He is seeing to all that we need. Wow! Let us take Him at His word!


“So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil” (Matthew 6:31-34, NABRE).

Oh with what magnificent power our tender Father in heaven has gifted parents to bless their children. Just think what healing and heavenly power emanates from the love, blessing, and touch of a parent. May we bless our children often, telling them, "Fear not, beloved, you are safe; take courage and be strong."


And yes, your Daddy in heaven is blessing you right now. Only be still for a moment and you will recognize the love being poured out upon you at this very moment.


I am safe with you, Daddy.


© JAMES M. LITTLETON is happily married to Kathleen for thirty-two years, and is father of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth ages twenty-nine to nine, and five living in heaven. Littleton is a hope-filled and inspirational national speaker, author, evangelist, retreat master, co-founder and co-director of Forming Faithful Families and One More Baby for Jesus, and host of Forming Faithful Families Radio and Television. Learn more at www.FormingFaithfulFamilies.com.