“I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
“When I was a little girl, my father used to tuck me into bed at night. He talked with me, prayed with me, and laid his big hand on my little face. I did not move because I wanted to keep the feeling of that big hand on my face. It was a comfort to me.
“Later, when I was in the concentration camp, I would sometimes pray, ‘My heavenly Father, will you lay your hand on my face?’ That would bring me peace, and I would be able to sleep. Because father showed me his fatherly love, I could later understand the heavenly Father’s love. Fathers and mothers, show your children your love.”
For years, Elizabeth Elliott (widow of the martyred missionary, Jim Elliott) opened her Gateway to Joy radio program each day with these words: “You are loved with an everlasting love, and underneath are the everlasting arms. That’s what the Bible says.” I can still recall Elizabeth’s low, steady voice saying those words over the airwaves – and, oh, how they soothed my soul on many-a-day.
Take a moment to meditate on God’s everlasting, unwavering love for you (and your family). Sense his big hand on your face. Rest in his embrace. Let Him fill your cup to overflowing. And then, love…