Saturday, October 27, 2018

You Are Not Alone

Psalm 95:6-7
Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
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for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.

During my childhood, I had the measles three times. Back then, we didn't have vaccines against that annoying disease. The German measles put me in bed, in a darkened room, for at least a week. My mom made sure I rested, fixed me my favorite foods, and watched over me. Even in the darkness, I knew my mom was there. 

As a mom myself, I've watched over my children; helped them through illness, surgery, and life's heartaches. You see my mom loves me, and I love my children.

Maybe you've not experienced a mother's care or a father's love. Maybe loneliness surrounds you, disappointment overwhelms you, or sorrow embraces you. Even in our deepest hurt, there is one who cares. God loves you. We are not alone. We are the people God cherishes. "We are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care." He calls each one of us to come to him. He wants to pour his love and hope over us. God's not in the business of watching people suffer. His desire is for all people to reach out to him. Even in the darkness, God is near. He wants you to come to him for comfort and peace.

When the world overwhelms, and the loneliness creeps in, look to God. Invite him in. He's waiting, nearby, ready to embrace you and pour his love over you.

Kari Job sings about God's nearness, that she is not alone. He goes before us and never leaves us. He's the one who loves us more than we can imagine.

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