Monday, June 24, 2013

God's Love and Faithfulness Abides Forever

God’s Love and Faithfulness Abides Forever
Read: Psalm 89:1-17
I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever!  Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.  Your unfailing love will last forever.  Your faithfulness is an enduring as the heavens.  (Psalm 89:1,2 NLT)
            It was November 9, 1966 that I made the frantic drive to Normandy Osteopathic Hospital.  With my pregnant wife sitting beside me, we raced down Natural Bridge Road in the midst of torrential rain storm to reach the emergency room of the hospital before the anticipated arrival.  I was so scared that we wouldn’t make the hospital in time, and a baby would be born in our car.  Wow!
            Attendants were waiting for us when we raced into the emergency room entrance and wheeled Elaine into the hospital.  Before I could even sign my name on the admittance papers, I heard a piercing cry.  A newborn baby girl was born.
            As the parents gazed upon the face of their baby girl, love and joy filled our hearts.  Finally, after five boys (we lost one a birth), we had a lovely little baby girl.  We were so happy that we named her Carol Joy.  She was so tiny weighing only five pounds, four ounces.  She lost some weight so it took two weeks before we could take our bundle of joy home. 
            Parents love for their children is not unlike the love that God showers upon his offspring.  We provide for them safety and protection, instruction in the word of God, impart moral values, counseling, consoling, reprimanding for wrongs committed, food, clothing, shelter, and spiritual leadership. 
            King David was declared to be “a man after God’s own heart”; yet he sinned grievously.   After confession and repentance, God forgave him and promised, “I will love him and be kind to him forever; my covenant with him will never end” (Psalm 89:28 NLT). 
            Just as a parent’s love for their children reaches beyond the grave, so also God’s love for David reached beyond the grave, for he promised to love and bless David’s heirs.  “His dynasty will go on forever; his throne is as secure as the sun.”  (Psalm 89:36 NLT)
            What have we learned as a family on our pilgrim journey with the Lord?  Just this: no matter how great our trouble, God’s love and faithfulness are greater.  No ocean is deeper or mountain higher than the love our heavenly father has bestowed upon us.  Human relationships will falter and break down, but your heavenly Father’s love never fails.  We are safe and secure “in the arms of Jesus.”
Thought for the Day: God will always be a loving and faithful Father.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, how thankful I am for your love and faithfulness to me and my family

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