Loved Through Our Losses

Feeling alone?  Empty? Ever wish there was someone who loved you beyond words? Maybe you simply haven't met them yet.

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I simply love the way God continues to reveal Himself.  It seems as though I hit these rocky low spots and then suddenly, I see a new (to me) truth that whirls me up into the mountain tops for a what I like to call a "God moment."

I was thinking about losses.

We lose so much in this lifetime.

Actually, over the course of our lifetime, we lose everything at some point.

And it's the same for each one of us.  We each lose everything we hold dear.

Except for God.

I know the losses are devastating - and different.

What is a terrible loss to me might be an inconvenience - or even a welcomed event for you.

Yet, I don't think what we lose is important.  It is more the feelings that engulf us when those losses occur.

Most of us have lost our good health.  Many, their mobility.  For some of us, the challenges have multiple faces, such as death, loss of a home, and ever so many other things.

When I was a kid, I never felt loved by my parents.  I was well cared for - but for whatever reason, I didn't 'feel' loved.  I was just kinda there.

I've always wondered what it would have felt like to have grown up feeling secure and safe with them, instead of always feeling afraid.  I've mourned that loss of something I never even had!

And then, God speaks.  And today He speaks to me directly out of His word.

I've mentioned before that several members of our family have joined together and formed an 'encouragement' group through texting verses to each other.

This morning, when my phone whistled at me that I had received a text, I saw this, probably one of my favorite Scripture verses.  It's one I know by heart - but I read it closely anyway.

"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Just as it is written,

For Your sake we are being put to death all day longWe were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, northings present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I guess I am kinda dense at times.  All of a sudden I was overtaken by the truth that, no matter what else I lose in this life, I can never - ever - lose God's love.

I will be loved forever.

It suddenly has new meaning.  Maybe because I am feeling the loss of my husband right now.  But to think ... no - to know that I will forever be loved by God suddenly encompasses me.

Loved.

Forever.

The concept grows larger and larger in my heart.

I will be loved forever.  No matter what else happens in this life.  No matter what ever else I may lose.  I am loved.

Forever

and ever

and ever.

It's so large I can barely hold on to it.

Me.

Forever loved.

And those same words are meant for You.

Forever and ever, 

Amen.

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