Daily Dose, Sept. 22

You are loved! "Well I know that!" some of you will say. If that is true, you are fortunate indeed. But many of you have an ache deep within your heart because you don't believe it. You're pretty sure your spouse doesn't love you anymore. You have a difficult child who you're pretty sure doesn't love you. You're pretty sure your mother or father has never loved you. You're estranged from a brother or sister. The pain runs really deep. I know. My father was emotionally and sometimes physically abusive. I have only the most shallow of relationships with my brother. I spent twenty years in a loveless, abusive marriage. All of that takes a steep toll. But somewhere along the way God's grace reached me and slowly helped me believe that He loves me as a father, a mother, a husband and so much more. Psalm 91:4 says, "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;" Can you imagine snuggling up under the loving wings of a mother eagle? It would be warm and safe. There would be comfort, protection and rest. Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:30). God feels your pain and knows how much it hurts. God loves you. You can believe that and trust Him. He will never let you down. Embrace Him. Let Him love you. As you learn to really trust Him and lean into Him, you will find real love, comfort and peace. Jane