The Greatest Love Story

April 27, 2020
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John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)

    Whenever I feast on the wonder of a starlit sky, as daytime's sunset pulls down her blind and whispers goodnight, I cannot help but believe in God's handiwork. And though my eyesight has faded over time, and brilliant colours have lost their glow and hue, as I peek into my past, though You are hidden, I can see You fashioning our days and nights. I thank You, Father, for Your constant care and guarding over me. I thank You for listening to my every prayer, even those I couldn't say out loud, because my heart was too broken to speak. Like the time we lost our unborn babe and thought we'd never have a child again. You didn't end the sad story there; Your love shone down and turned our house into a home. For "I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!" (Psalm 66:17-20 NIV)

Keeping a prayer journal is an excellent way to record God's love at work in our lives — to see the bigger picture; to realize what we've been through and understand what it means to be one of God's children; to learn through our mistakes and choose a better way of living; to appreciate what we have; to be more compassionate for those in need; to see how loved we are. Then, when catastrophe strikes, we can be confident that our heavenly Father will shine His healing light on even our darkest hours and give them a purpose, to be used for good! They have not been in vain.

Psalm 56:8 – You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. (NLT)

My friend, if your heart is breaking today, or you are feeling alone or afraid, remember, that you are part of the greatest love story. It begins and ends with God, and it has a glorious ending!

Prayer: Dear Lord, we believe in Your love. We believe in Your promise of salvation. We believe that You hear all our prayers. Thank You for turning our darkest hours into our greatest joys. We do believe in happy endings, even though our stories are not yet over. We believe, Father, in Your eternal life, because Yours is the greatest love story ever. Amen.


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Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Thank you, Lois, for sharing your story.


    Thanks for the encouraging words, Lois.


    Thank you. Nicely written. Trust you’re keeping safe in these days.


    Dear Lois,
    Thank you for your inspiration today. We hope you will keep writing.


    Thank you for such a reassuring and encouraging devotional.
    I really needed to hear this today.


    Thank you! God’s love is at work! I thank God for this beautiful uplifting morning!
    In so many, many ways we are richly blessed.


    Thank you, Lois, for sharing your hope and strength and most of all Experience with God’s love over the years of your life. Helps me today. Love to you on the journey.


    Dear Lois:
    Beautifully said. Thank you so much. I got a lot out of your prayer at the end of your devotional.
    May the Good Lord bless you.


    Dear Lois,
    Thank you for your devotional with thankfulness that in spite of losing a first baby, you were able to have others.
    The others must have been a special joy. I pray for them to pass on the joy you had in them.


    My journal is not only for prayers, (and answers) but has a record of my Bible Study and the application of its truths to my life.
    Lately, I have added a new feature as I record daily living under lockdown and how I am coping with this momentous change to our lives; each time there is a bright spot in my day, I mark it a star. It’s wonderful how the stars accumulate and brighten the pages!
    With gratitude for you lovely contribution today,
    (BC)


    Dear Lois,
    Thanks for writing this very encouraging, uplifting devotional.
    I so identified with what you wrote and especially with this part:
    “Whenever I feast on the wonder of a starlit sky, as daytime’s sunset pulls down her blind and whispers goodnight, I cannot help but believe in God’s handiwork.”
    I, too, have a prayer journal. Such a wonderful method of recording and reflecting.
    What an awesome God we serve and as you say, wow, the GREATEST love story ever!! Thanks be to God!


    Dear Lois:
    I was really drawn to your contribution to the Daily Presbyterian Canadian readings.
    I am going to try and start a journal. Through my life, God has been very close, and brought me through. The prayers he has answered have been amazing. My biggest concern is that my boys are not interested in church, even though they were brought up going from an early age. It hurts so much. I have handed both boys over to the Lord so many times but take them back.
    Thank you for your inspiring writing.
    God Bless,
    (Northern Ireland)


    I have kept one for many years ad it is amazing to see problems that seemed huge resolved.
    Thanks for sharing.


    Good morning Lois,
    Thank you for your good devotional. We are indeed thankful for the many blessings we have in during these difficult times.
    Blessings.

 



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