So my heart is heavy this morning as it is Father’s Day. I think of a recent family who lost their little son to cancer. I think of my own father who lost his son at a young age. I think of those father’s who have lost the children they never got to know to a miscarriage. I think of the father’s who have lost their wives and now are single parents. ( I clearly shouldn’t have done my makeup yet because tears keep streaming from my eyes 🙂 )
Jake & I are blessed to never experience loss of a child. I have only had 2 healthy pregnancy which resulted in 2 beautiful girls. I do however hear people during a tragic time and ask, “why would God do this” but my belief is that He wouldn’t. The God I know is a God of love. I am reminded again of Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper and not harm you, plans to give you a hope for the future” He does not intend to harm us…but yet tragedy still happens
I like to stay up if Violet sleeps good and it’s pretty close to a normal wake up time. My favorite time of the day is when the sun is just starting to rise and everyone is still sleeping. It’s usually the only time that I get to have any sort f quiet time because once everyone wakes up…the chaos begins. Even when annoyed I do secretly love the chaos 🙂 It’s my family. This morning I was doing my quiet time and I was reading Romans 8.
The section of this chapter that prompted my extended thoughts start with vs 31, it says ” What shall we say about such wonderful thins as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? no one– for God himself has given us right standing within himself. 34 Who then ill condemn us? No one –for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of health can separate us fro God’s love. 39 no power in the sky above or in the earth below — indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is reveled in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Phew, what does all that mean?!? I am not a bible scholar but to me…it’s proof…God loves us, he has our best interest in mind. Although tragedy strike, death happens…hearts ache for the loss of loved ones. But no matter what…God is there. He is a God of love and no matter how disappointed we may get He is always there, waiting with open arms to embrace us in our times of need and sadness. No matter how mad we get, no matter what….He is there.
So why this message today? I am not too sure, honestly…I know so many with broken hearts (or probably have broken hearts today I should say because I don’t know where everyone’s hearts are at) But it’s just a message of hope I guess…..