Each Hour of Each DaySaturday, October 19, 2013
|Image Credit: Joan Davis|
Before I had children, I didn’t fully understand unconditional love, but now I do. No matter what our children do or have done, I will always love them. My love is deep, as a mother’s love is. But what happens when that love is not returned? What happens when our hearts break and we find ourselves sinking into grief and despair?
Today, as I write this, I am praying tenderly for the moms out there who are grieving for a child. I am grieving, too. I don’t claim to know exactly how each one of you feels, as each one of us grieve differently. However, I know how I am feeling and because of that, my heart goes out to you. You may be asking how to survive the sorrow that comes with rejection of a loved one…or how to manage feelings of loss and heartbreak. I don’t know all the answers, as I am still just traveling this painful road myself. But, I want to encourage you that God knows the future of each person. He knows the path we will walk in our lives and the challenges we will face…and He cares about each one of us. He feels our hurts and knows our distress. What happens in our lives is important to Him…so important that He holds each of our wounds close to His heart.
You have recorded each one in your book.” Psalm 56:8
I know that God does not watch indifferently from afar as we endure suffering. Our God is a God who cares. He loves us and is actively working to comfort us in our trials. He showers compassion on us and walks beside us as we travel through our valleys, helping us to make it through each hour of each day.
“If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut,
he’ll help you catch your breath.” Psalm 34:18, Msg.
I feel kicked in the gut. And God understands, for He was rejected, too. I am only just beginning this difficult journey, but I know that I can rely on Him to walk with me each step of the way. I trust God and His character and am on my knees before Him. I know He has a plan for me and for each one of you. He will help us through our grief as we cling to Him. I may not understand why things happen the way they do, but I am counting on my God and I know He will never let me down. He has promised us a bright future, and I believe Him.
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11