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As a child, I was always told the Bible was a love letter from God. In our suffering, it can be difficult to feel or comprehend God’s love. We read the Bible, but it can be difficult to hear the messages of hope and love in God’s word when depression is clouding our thoughts and perspective.
Today, I want to take some of God’s word and write them out as they truly are, A love letter from God to you:
My dear, dear child,
I love you with a love beyond what you can ever understand.
Sweet child, I am here. I know the brokenness of this world has made it hard to feel me here beside you, but oh dearly beloved, I am in you, around you, and beside you (John 14:18).
My Spirit has never left your heart, never left your side, and never walked away. And I never, ever will (Eph. 3:18; John 6:35-40; Eph. 4:30).
Love, know that no matter how far away it seems I am, no matter how deep the darkness becomes in your world, I have you wrapped up in my strong arms.
Dearest child, I see your brokenness.
I see your fear and I see your pain. I see your exhaustion, I see your sorrow, and I see your suffering.
More than that, I know your pain. I know the pain of being forsaken by all I love, the pain of this brokenness. Oh, how it breaks every fibre of my heart! I long to gather you up in my arms; I long to wipe every single tear from your beautiful eyes. I long to hug you tight, to let my glory wash away every memory of brokenness (Mt. 18; John 6:35-40; Rev 7:17).
Oh, how I look forward to the day when I get to see you take your first glimpse of glorious heaven, of the Face of Love, and of this place I have made for you (Isaiah 6:1).
But my dear sweet child, I need you in my broken world.
I know you feel unusable and tainted, too sinful and sick to be a part of my glorious redemption plan for the world. Child, these are the lies of Satan.
Your brokenness is part of my plan. I am not just using you in spite of your brokenness–I have redeemed it with my precious blood, and I will use it in ways you cannot even imagine.
I promise, my dearly beloved, I will continue to redeem you each and every day.
I will never leave your side, and I am here to carry you through.
Oh child, cry out to me. Bring your suffering, bring your weakness, bring your pain, and lay it down out my feet (1 Pet. 5:7; Eph. 6:13-18; 1 John 4:10).
So love, when the suffering seems to be more than you can handle, cry out to me. I love you dearly and I am listening intently (1 Pet. 5:7).
When I faced the ultimate suffering on the cross, I looked forward to the joy that lay before me: My Father in heaven and the knowledge that my suffering was making a way for me to scoop you up in my arms forever (Hebrews 12).
When you suffer, dear child, remember this love. Bring your pain, bring your suffering, and bring your brokenness. Lay it in the hands of the One who knows your pain and who has made a way to bring you to the place of joy, love, and peace for all eternity (1 John 4:10).
Darling, I am the beginning and the end, who is, was, and is to come, the almighty. I am before your pain, I am there by your side in your pain, and I will bring the ultimate and final end to all of your pain (Rev. 1:8).
With your hand in mine, finish this race. Fight this good fight. Persevere, and bring my love to this broken place (1 Tim. 6:12).
Oh, how I cannot wait for our forever!
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