Some people keep pictures of their family and friends on a table or a counter in their house. I keep mine on a bulletin board in a high traffic area of my home so that whenever I am walking by I get a glimpse of all the amazing people who are part of my relations.
A friend once shared with me a very touching image; that God keeps our picture on the nightstand and every evening before God goes to sleep, God picks up that picture and gazes lovingly into our faces and smiles.
If you have ever doubted how much God loves you, just open your Bible and read Psalm 139 paying special attention to these words...
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
It is easy these days to get discouraged and disillusioned about our sense of value and self-worth. Easy to get into a mindset that we are all alone in the world and that no one cares. Our lives have been turned upside down by this pandemic. We miss our relations and we feel as though our days are being stolen from us. But no matter how difficult things may seem the fact remains; we belong to a God who holds us with a love so deep and so strong that nothing can ever come between us...
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them – they are more than the sand;
I come to the end – I am still with you.
Whenever I stop and take a moment to look at the beautiful faces of those I love; my children, grandchildren, family and friends, I say a prayer for them. Today, I am saying a prayer for all of you as I make a special request. If you are struggling with depression or feeling lost and alone, please reach out. There are people who can help...
Saskatoon Mobile Crisis Line: 1-306-933-6200
North East Crisis Line: 1-800-611-6349
Sask Crisis Hotline 211