Preparing this blog post just about broke me. The real kicker is that I love writing. The toil that comes with writing? Well—not so much. I'll open up and confess that my past few months have been tough. It’s not one event, but the collective weight of everything that has me bogged. Lately, I feel stretched beyond my limits. Today, I even forgot to take my daughter to her orthodontist appointment.

It began last July, when my father died unexpectedly. I was elbow deep, rebuilding my mother's motor when I got the call. The message was relayed through my father's personal cellphone. That was a surprise twist I didn’t think I’d survive. The months that followed added even more pressure. A costly trip to the ER, taking care of kids, trying to finish school, the burden of despairing loved ones and other unnamed circumstances—all piled up. You know exactly what I'm talking about. You’ve been there too. Some of you are there right now.

In difficult seasons, I'm glad my relationship with God doesn't depend on my feelings. I'd be in serious trouble if it did. In a fog, reflecting on God’s character is vital in bringing me back to reality. This past weekend, Pete taught about God's love and community. I needed it. Are you struggling with God’s love? Let me share something from the Gospel of John that makes me smile. Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane, just hours from the horrors of the crucifixion. Can you guess what he is doing? He's praying for us—his beloved. Let's listen:

20 “I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony, 21 that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. 22 The glory you gave to me I have given to them, that they may be one just as we are one– 23 I in them and you in me—that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.

John 17:20-23 (NET)

Did you catch the end of verse 23? God loves you and me, just as he loves His son…Jesus. It is the same love! As Chuck Swindoll often says, “Pause and let the wonder in.” Meditate on this truth and let it affect you deeply. Thank God for His love. Pray and encourage someone in God’s love today!

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