No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced 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.
Thought for the Day: God loves us
Each morning they come. Yes, they come. When I first awake to get my coffee then sit to read my devotions, I hear the pet door open from the basement and a few seconds later I see our black cat, Koko. He wanders around the house to make sure everything is okay then jumps up on the couch. He is a little skittish so it takes a few minutes, but after a bit of time he comes and lays down next to me. My family says he is “Mama’s Cat” because there is an obvious adoration he has for me for some reason where he seems more standoffish with other people. A little while later, I will hear the pet door open again and our orange tabby cat, Noodles, appears immediately beside me. He cuddles in quickly and lays beside me to take his place. For a moment or two, the two cats seem to hit at each other as if to say “She’s mine” but soon they both settle in beside me. As I watch this routine on most days, I feel “special” and think about the love these two have for each other and the devotion they have toward me. These cats, ages 13 and 11, have been a part of our family for a long time and have brought us much enjoyment and love.
As I thought about these two as they once again surround me with their warmth and as they fulfill their morning routine, I thought about how different they are in their personalities and in how they find themselves beside me each morning. They are so different, but their love for me is very similar. We, as Christians, come from so many different backgrounds with so many different personalities, but we all worship God. We might be slower to enter into our time with God, but when we get there we are content. We might come immediately into our time with God and give ourselves to Him. When I think about the love these cats have for me and the love I have for them, I quickly realized that I love them the same no matter how they come to me in the morning. Is that how God is with us? God loves us all the same no matter how we come to Him. No matter how long it takes us to come to Him, He is there waiting. He loves us unconditionally.
Prayer: Father, thank you for loving us unconditionally no matter how we come to you. You are all gracious and all loving. Help us each day to remember how much You love us and help us show our love to You as we help others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Pet Owners