Jesus said, “I in them and thou I me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and has loved them even as thou has loved me.”
Thought for the Day: God knows us and loves us
Where do I think of when I want to go somewhere for prayer and time with God? Recently, I have observed friends saying, “It is nice to be alone with God as I hear the bugs making noises”, “Hearing music brings me closer to God”, and “Sitting and listening to the creek is where I feel nearest to God.” Thinking about that today and hearing of the deaths of friends’ parents made me go back in my memory to my place as a young person. When I was young, I found my way to the piano when I needed to “get away” from the stress of school or from the worry about my brothers. In one of our homes, the placement of the piano was not perfect and I did not hear about it until several years later. The piano was placed on the wall to the left as we went in the front door, but was on the other side of the wall from the head of my parents’ bed. Yes, the only thing separating the piano from the bed was a thin wall. My time with God and to be alone with music included playing old recital pieces which were full of runs that could get loud. My time also included singing songs as I played. Years after we left that parsonage, my Daddy shared with me that in the late hours when I chose to play my mother laid in bed trying to go to sleep. She would say, “Gordon, you are going to have to go ask her to stop.” He said that every time that request came from my mother he would say, “I am not going to stop her because she needs this time.” My Daddy knew me and he knew my need for time alone in that moment.
Today, my Daddy knows me. Today, my Father God knows me. With all the billions of people in the world and the many places and faces here, God can see me and He loves me. No matter where I choose to spend time with Him, He is listening. As I thought about this, I remembered a Sandi Patty song from awhile back called, “He Loves Me” where she sings about how, in the midst of everything going on in the world today, that God is still there listening, knowing, and loving each one of us. Today, your Daddy knows you. Today, your Father God knows you. Today, God can see you and He loves you. Find your place and pray.
Prayer: Almighty and loving God, thank you for loving us as our earthy Father’s love us. You see us and know every part of us. Yet, you still love us in a way that is far beyond any love we have ever felt. Be with us as we find our special place to be with you today. We love you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: God is with us