Heavenly Father, may I begin to understand your great love for me such that I may respond with a similar love for You and then share it with others.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35, 37-39)
“I like to compare God’s love to the sunrise. That sun shows up every morning, no matter how bad you’ve been the night before. It shines without judgment. It never withholds. It warms the sinners, the saints, the druggies, the cheerleaders—the saved and the heathens alike. You can hide from the sun, but it won’t take that personally. It’ll never, ever punish you for hiding. You can stay in the dark for years or decades, and when you finally step outside, it’ll be there. It was there the whole time, shining and shining. It’ll still be there, steady and bright as ever, just waiting for you to notice, to come out, to be warmed.” From Carry on, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
What an amazing gift to know that we are so unconditionally loved by our Father…through the peaks and the valleys….in our joy and our pain…when we’re thriving and when we’re struggling to survive. His love is so great and so deep and so wide that it covers us through every situation, in every circumstance, ALL of the time. It isn’t dependent on who we are, but is because of who He is. We just need to show up, as we are, and allow His love to go to work in our lives. In what ways are you taking notice of God’s love these days? Are you able to truly bask in His gift on a daily basis? Or are there some ways you can create space to “notice, to come out, to be warmed”?
May the Lord convince your soul in an unshakeable way that you are loved and cherished by God Himself. And may this knowledge that the love of God surrounds, upholds and fills you…assure you of your value and make you a conduit of His love to others. Amen