Today is the first day of September.
2020 has been something, right? It has changed so much from what WE THOUGHT it would be like on January 1. Those who were talking about 2020 vision at the end of 2019 probably didn't see this 2020 coming.
There are so many things that are different. We have endured an international pandemic in the form of COVID19. Life as we know it has changed. "Going to church" has changed. Our leisure time and time with our families has changed. And there have been many loved ones, family, and friends who are not with us today. Whether because of sicknesses associated with the pandemic or because of other causes, they have been thrust into eternity.
Despite it all, there is one thing that has not changed. God's love for us. He loves us now just as much... and I believe even more (if that's possible) than He did before. I say more, because He knows how confusing and uncertain these times are and His heart is close to us, even in this. His unfailing promise not to leave us and to be here for us in the most trying times still holds true.
I John 3:1 says, "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him." Do you see what John did there? LAVISHED on us. Poured on us. He has drenched us in His love. Engulfed us. He loves us so much that He called us the children of God because that is what we are. The world cannot know know us because they do not know Him.
God's love is unchanging. In a world where there is so much fear and angst, God's love is solid and stable. We can rest in the great love He has willing lavished on us. We can bask in it. It is a safety net. Just as children can find comfort in running to the arms of their father for security and comfort, the arms of God, our Father, are always open to us.
What a thought! #lovedunconditionally