Forever and Always


Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

Jeremiah 31:3

When my husband and I gathered with his family to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of an aunt and uncle that are dear to our hearts, a stone trivet was given to the attendees to commemorate this special anniversary.  They were inscribed with the words Forever and Always. When I held the inscribed stone trivet in my hand and read those words I immediately thought of the way God loves us.  

But sometimes, we find ourselves doubting God’s love. Sometimes we call out to Him, “Lord, are You still here? Do You really love me?” Do you ever have those days when you can’t seem to feel anything at all or maybe you would even describe feelings of unworthiness when it comes to God’s love for you?   

I think we all have days like that and we must remind ourselves these thoughts are not based on God’s truth. These are the kind of days when we find ourselves needing reassurance that He is here for us, still loving us, and we find ourselves asking Him…

Lord, please…

Wrap me tighter in Your love,

Stop the world from pressing in-

Stop the world from dimming my eyes

To see Your truth.

Let my eyes see only You,

Then my heart will always know-

There is a love that holds me

In Your loving, warm embrace.

The truth that I acknowledge in my own heart is this. I am loved with an everlasting love. I am loved with the greatest love there is in this whole world. The Bible tells me so. 

How grateful I am that on those days when I have doubts - I can still know I am worthy, and I am loved by a steadfast immeasurable everlasting love. He is still here. Loving me. Forever and always.

 

Excerpt from The Hope Collection: Portraying the Hope We Have in God