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   Many people think of God as distant and too busy with the rest of creation to even think about what’s happening in our lives. I know that it seems that way at times because God’s timetable and our own are often at odds.

   But what if we consider God as a loving parent. He is, after all, called our heavenly father throughout the bible. He made us and he loves us.

   Good earthly parents love and provide for their children. They feed, clothe, and nurture them. They teach them right from wrong and try to protect them from harm. God does the same thing although not always in ways we expect.

   There are times that good parents must discipline their children. God also disciplines those he loves. It’s necessary because we are rebellious and disobedient. It isn’t pleasant. But if we weren’t loved, He wouldn’t bother.

   He loves all of us. Not just the Jews, not just the Christians. He loves us all and wants us all to be with him. So much so that He sacrificed Jesus on the cross so that we could all be with Him in heaven. All we have to do is accept Jesus as our savior. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17

   That doesn’t mean that there will never be struggles in life. Even the most beautiful rose garden has thorns.

   If you have doubts about God’s love, look around you. Focus on your blessings rather than the bad things that are happening. Focus on the people around you who love and care for you.

   It’s easy to get caught up in the negative aspects of life. Especially when it’s all we seem to hear about. Remember that God loves you. He created us and adopted us as his own.

   Some folks believe that a person can’t love an adopted child as much as a biological child. To tell you the truth, I didn’t completely understand the concept until I became a parent.

   I can tell you from experience that an adopted child is loved every bit as much as a biological child. Most adoptive parents don’t have the opportunity to have a biological child as well. I was blessed to have both. I love both my sons equally. Although they are both adults, I’d still do whatever it takes to make sure they are both happy and healthy.

   No matter what they do or say, no matter how they behave, we still love our children. Sometimes we have to discipline them, but we always love them no matter what.  It’s called unconditional love.

   God, our Father loves us unconditionally… beyond anything we can imagine. He loves us even if we choose to forsake him. 

   For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is ins Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

   You are not alone. You are not forsaken. You are loved.

   It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. It doesn’t matter what you will do in the future. God, your heavenly Father, loves you.

Psalm 139

1 You have searched me, Lord,
   and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
   you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
   you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
   you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
   and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
   too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
   Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
   if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
   if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
   your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
   and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
   the night will shine like the day,
   for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
   your works are wonderful,
   I know that full well.
15 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.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
   all the days ordained for me were written in your book
   before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
   How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
   they would outnumber the grains of sand—
   when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
   Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
   your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
   and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
   I count them, my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
   test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
   and lead me in the way everlasting.