Over Christmas we visited with our son and his sweet family. Each time we arrive at their house we announce ourselves with a text in case the youngest one is sleeping or the doorbell might upset the dog. Texting our arrival also means that as we get out of the car the front door is opening with two little girls (Addison and Zoe) running out to greet us with squeals of delight. There just isn’t anything better than to hear “Mimi, Pop Pop” shouted joyfully while we open wide our arms to receive two excited little girls jumping into them to be hugged and kissed all over.
It’s actually quite hard to put into words what that feeling is like…to be so loved, so wanted, so anticipated, so welcomed, so valued. That feeling chases away pressing concerns and worries. It makes fear fade away. It turns every ugly thing that has tried to rob your joy turn into a huge failure. Because truly, that kind of love makes everything else unimportant and powerless.
And this is exactly the kind of love our heavenly Father has for each one of us.
Consider the kind of extravagant love the Father has lavished on us—He calls us children of God! It’s true; we are His beloved children. . . My loved ones, we have been adopted into God’s family; and we are officially His children now. (1 John 3 1-2 [in part] The Voice)
My hope for you this year? It comes right from Ephesians 3:16-19 (NLT):
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.