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I Thank God For You

I Thank God For You

10 December 2009

Scripture:

3 Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again. 6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. (2 Timothy 1:3-4, 6 NLT)

Paul had friends all over the world. But he had one relationship that was different from all the others – a God-initiated father-son relationship with Timothy.

I first met Dale Robinson, a young Jamaican man, in Kingston in 1987. At that time Dale was a 21 year-old brand new Christ-follower who had grown up with no love for white people in general and Americans in particular. In a Sunday service at Fellowship Tabernacle I spoke a prophecy to Dale about how God would use him in the future to touch the lives of many people and to influence people in other nations. Had I known Dale and his feelings about people like me, I might not have spoken that word to him.

A special relationship formed between us, then we left Jamaica in a few years and moved to London. Dale rose through the ranks at National Commercial Bank in Jamaica and was transferred to their office in London just 8 months before we left the UK and moved back to the US. In a few years Dale became NCB’s director of operations in the UK. He then felt God telling him to step out in faith and leave NCB, which he did almost two years ago. Now he is working for Grace International, a Jamaican food products company that is expanding their operations into Europe.

Dale called me recently to say that Jean and I had been on his mind for a couple of days and he was praying for us. He said, “Whatever you’re going through, Dad, I’m going through it with you.” After we talked and prayed (with some tears) I got this text message from my son in the faith, Dale Robinson; “Psalm 23. I love you Dad, I’ll be keeping in touch regularly but please know that I’m available anytime you need me. All my love, your son Dale.”

Prayer:

Father, thanks for relationships. This morning I’m thinking deeply about how much relationships mean to you and how much relationships are intended to mean to us. I want to value relationships like you do. Help me to be a better husband, dad, mentor, and friend. Thank you for the precious gift of relationships. Amen.

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