I can't sleep. Again. Woken by a restless mind that is filled with the hurts and anxieties of so many I know who assure me that for them, this is NOT the "happiest time if the year." Their Christmas cards look different than last year. The home feels emptier. The loss is inexplicable. They go home wearing the fragrance of hospital antiseptic. The darkness feels overwhelming. Others wearing the garment of perceived rejection by a loved one. They are grieving. And yet, they must journey on because others are depending on them to act like everything is ok.
When it's not.
Because it's not.
I want you to know I'm praying for you.
I want you to really know (like deep down in the depths of your soul), just how much Jesus loves you. YOU. He sees you. Your kids. Your spouse. Your ex. Your "fill in the blank". He sees. And He will be faithful to get you through all this. He will provide you the daily strength you are depending on for today. I promise. You don't have to do this on your own. Jesus is here. He IS Emmanuel, God WITH us.
You don't have to make a deal with God in order to experience His faithfulness. He simply IS faithful. You aren't going to get it all right, you don't have to. Why? Because He will. His love for you (and those you love) is immeasurable.
He is your Helper. Your Counselor. Your Comforter.
He has you.
He has this.
He has them.
...and tonight (or is it this morning?) I am steadfastly praying for you. 💕 jp
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." Rev. 21:4