Love is in the air, you hope, as you eagerly check your physical and digital mailboxes for signs suggesting you are loved. Perhaps you’re hoping to hear from that one special person whose devotion means so much to you, if only they would let you know?
Maybe you are nursing a broken heart as you sit grieving for the love you have lost? Or you feel lonely, distant from family and friends, wondering if anyone thinks of you now and then. Perhaps life has wounded you, given you deep inner pain and a growing unease because you think you don’t deserve the kind of love you want to receive?
However this day finds you, my friend, may you be encouraged by knowing you are very much seen, paid attention to, and devotedly loved 24/7, year in year out by God. He longs for you and I to sense His loving presence and love Him back.
God yearns for us to know that even if we’re rejected by the world, unwanted by our families or distant from anyone who truly cares for us, He is here. He waits for us with deep longings in His heart. God has cherished us since before our birth. You are special to Him just because you exist.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” — Psalms 139: 13-16 NIV
Crafted with love
I read the words,
scanning all too quickly,
and then I pause
as I allow them to sink in.
They tell me I am seen, noticed
by God, deliberately made,
lovingly shaped before my birth,
I’m given love, value and worth.
Knowing my own history,
the way I came into the world
was not the best—born too early
and unwanted by my family.
They brought me up
with great strain and stress,
more than lavish love and grace
or tender care and kindness.
Maybe you, too, sense
a kind of disconnect
and fail to love yourself
because you’ve been rejected?
Maybe you have also known
the painful sting of not fitting in,
how you felt like a lost stranger
and yet you longed to belong,
to be at home in your own home?
May we take comfort from this:
that our existence is not a mistake
for we are unconditionally loved
by God, and enabled to rise above
the shame and pain of our past.
May you know how very special you are, dear one. Simply because you exist. God calls you His beloved. Have a listen to the Father’s Love Letter that was written for you. Let the words sink deep into your heart. Because you are known. You are cherished. You are unconditionally loved, today and always. ❤ ❤