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The final picture of God’s love for us through Jesus Christ comes for a story told by the late Pastor Louis Valbracht as he relates an event in his life.

He says:

I remember when I returned from over seas at the end of W.W. II, I was met by a nearly-three-year-old daughter whom I hadn’t seen since she was 3 months old. She knew nothing of her father, except by a picture on her mother’s dresser and the things that mother told her about her father.

But, Daddy wasn’t a person. Daddy was just a picture and some stories. How was my daughter to know that I loved her? She was not old enough, to understand that I could love her even though I had been away from her for 2 1/2 years. She didn’t know the relationship between a father and a daughter .

As men went, the only person she knew was her grandfather, and he died while I was gone. I had to find a way to develop the relationship between us.

I would stoop down, reach out my arms to her, if she was on the other side of the room, and say, "Where is the little girl that Daddy loves?" And she learned to come running into my arms and she knew that I would clasp her to my heart." In that way, the little girl learned to know the love her Daddy had for her.

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