Pause

God loves you.

Such a simple phrase and yet so hard to wrap our brains around some days. In these busy days of Advent leading up to Christmas, let’s pause as we think about this week of love. Today, may you be reminded of one of the ways God loves you.

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Listen

Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.

2 Samuel 7:8-9

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Think

I have a favorite blanket. It was knitted for me by a dear friend. It’s not the right shape to cover up in, but it is the perfect shape to wrap around me and snuggle down in my favorite chair. My friend calls it a prayer shawl, but I call it a blanket because it’s so long that it covers my toes. She prayed for me the whole time she was knitting it. When I wrap up in it, I know I am being held. I am reminded of all the prayers she and others prayed for me. Most importantly, I’m reminded of God’s love and presence right there with me.

As with David, God’s love is always with us. God’s love stretches around us, wrapping us up like my favorite blanket. God’s love covers us so completely, it is almost like a second skin. No matter what we do, we cannot lose it or get away from it. God shows love for us in God’s constant presence. God is always with us.

Ruth Perkins Lee

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Pray

God, thank you for always being with me, for wrapping me up so completely that your presence never leaves. Amen.

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Go

Go now knowing that you are loved by God. You always have been. You always will be.

Go and share that love with the whole world. Make sure everybody knows.

Ruth Perkins Lee

Ruth Perkins Lee is director of ministries of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Prior to this, Ruth was a youth and college minister for 10 years. She’s married to Scott, and they have 2 delightful daughters whom she loves and 2 dogs whom she tolerates, Osceola and Shadow Biscuit.

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