The person who received an “Honorable Discharge” from the United States Army of America in February of 1955 was far different from the innocent, idealistic, and zealous boy who was drafted two years earlier. He had compromised his morals. He had left his innocent and child-like nature in Germany. In its place he adopted a vocabulary that was worldly and crude. He adopted the ways of the world as his own and unknowingly slipped into spiritual darkness. He was driven to succeed and excel but all for the wrong reason.
Yes, God allowed him to taste a measure of success for a season; but that season did not last. The day came, some 15 years later, when God took pity on his wayward and prodigal son and stripped him of all worldly rank and applause and brought him home to Himself. It took failure on many fronts to humble him. But the mercy and grace of God finally triumphed over another wayward soul. As you read these words, may more hearts be turned towards home. Yes, yes, the mercy of God is greater than His judgment.
“This is for my son Peter, who must know My Love for him.”
There was a time when I called out to you in my Love: “My son, My son where art thou? Come hither unto Me, for thou art mine alone.” But you were lost in a desolate world and could not hear My voice. I created thee to know Me, love Me and acquire mine attributes, to be holy and sanctified, so that thou would be a worthy bride unto My Spirit.
But lo, thou turned away, leaving My heart empty and grieved. I willed to call thee unto Myself in intimacy. So, I took all that was not of Me away, never to be part of thy life again. I made thee to hunger and thirst after Me alone and if thou dids’t search the entire universe over, thou would not be satisfied, except in relationship to Me. Thou art My precious treasure. In thee I live and move and have My being. It is thou I cherish, for thou now has a heart after mine own.
When thy life contained only absolute nothingness, then your wandering in the Valley of Search was over and your journey unto Me began. For all begin in the creation of the longing of My Love and all will return unto Me. I began anew in thee, reconstructing and molding thee from dust to clay to Spirit. For I AM God and thou art My creation. As soon as thou turned thy uplifted face to behold Mine, in full submission to My will, prostrate before Me, I could begin to reveal myself to thee.
O, what joy abounded in the heavens as holy angels rejoiced at our reunion! Heaven and earth stood still as I embraced My beloved once again; and thou became mine forever.
Continue ye in thy love for Me and pray without ceasing unto Me. I wilt not disappoint thy heart ever again, nor wilt thou ever be far away from Me. For we are as one mind, one heart and one spirit. I AM well pleased to call you son and thou shalt have an anointed place at My right hand. Thou shalt call Me thy Father God and I shalt call thee My best beloved son; and I shall name thy name in the Book of Life. We will always know of our love for one another, one Spirit, singing praise in perfect harmony, rejoicing in our love forevermore.
By Mary Hartle
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