“For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations “ Psalm 100:5
Trouble had come at me from all sides and I wondered how much more I could take. I needed help, so I went to see a friend whose counsel I respected. “My husband has been in hospital for three years and he’s not getting better,” I began. “A gasoline explosion has sent my thirteen-year-old son to the hospital with severe burns; my daughter, just out of high school, has left home for Europe; illness has made me miss many days at work jeopardizing my nursing job.”
My friend listened to my outpouring without interruption. Then he asked, “Helen, does God still love you?”
Stunned, I looked at his kind face. I wasn’t prepared for this simple question. “Yes,” I stammered. “Yes, I think so. The Bible says God’s love is everlasting, so it’s got to be the same whether my life is good or bad, doesn’t it?”
He nodded. “You can stand on this fact: God loves you and will never leave you. Cling to that truth and you will cope.” Then he smiled and said, “Now, before you go home, let’s pray.”
“Father, he prayed, I thank You for my sister here. Thank You for your great love for her. Thank You that You are with her now and always will be.” Amen.
And my friend was right. Clinging to God’s love and affirming it out loud by reciting Bible verses gave me courage and hope to get through those days.
Verses like these: “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5).
“Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations3:22,23)
What is happening in your life? The above verses are meant for you too. Read them often out loud and add, “Thank you, Father.”
Thank you, Father, for your love which never changes.
By Helen Lescheid
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