I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
Thought for the Day: God knows each of us, and loves us deeply.
“God never forgets any of us. Though each of us is only one among billions, God always knows who we are. No matter how far we stray or how much time passes before we return to the Lord, God always remembers us, loves us, and calls us by name.” (The Upper Room Devotion, 04/01/2017) Those words should mean something special to every person who is created by God, our Father. As I read those words today, I found myself rejoicing. Those words, those special words, were written for every one of us. There are those days, yes, there are those days when we feel alone, scared, down, and we don’t feel good about where we are at that moment in life. It is hard to find ourselves “worthy” of God’s love. But, the good thing is that we don’t have to be “worthy” of God’s love because He never forgets us, He always knows us, and He always loves us. On this day, I found myself down in the dumps as I did a chore that I really did not want to do, and I do not feel I do it well. After many hours, I sat to relax for a while. As I sat, I opened the website for The Upper Room and saw those beautiful words written by the author. As I read the words, “God never forgets any of us”, I felt myself rest more at ease as I felt His love for me.
God does show us His love every day, doesn’t He? My hard day followed a day when I took a walk in our park. During my walk, I witnessed the many ways God takes care of needs, yet as I did the chore I felt inadequate. So, I looked back at the pictures from the walk and remembered once again of God’s love for all of us, even the animals. And now, just now, I heard the geese honking as they flew over our house – heading to that park – I feel sure. Remember how much God loves you today – “God never forgets any of us. Though each of us is only one among billions, God always knows who we are. No matter how far we stray or how much time passes before we return to the Lord, God always remembers us, loves us, and calls us by name.”
Prayer: Father God, Thank You! Thank you for loving us even when we feel we can’t love ourselves. You take us as we are, You know us more deeply than we know ourselves, yet You love us anyway. You are our Father and You have a Father’s love for us. We love You, God! Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those Needing to know God’s Love for them.