He's Always There

Saturday, May 11, 2024
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My sister, Tracey, was six years older than I was, but we were always together. When we were younger, we were referred to as "Becky and Tracey" or "Tracey and Becky". Mom would make or buy us clothes that were similar for special days like Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. Tracey's friends always had younger siblings who became my friends.

She taught me how to drive and how to put on makeup, she helped me with my homework, and even showed me on a pillow how to plant a kiss on a boy's cheek. (I was too young to learn anything else that she told me!) Together, we went shopping, we went to the movies, and we went out to eat. Before she married, I was always at her house. My maternal grandmother called us "two peas in a pod".

We were always together — that is, until she became older, was married, and started having children. I didn't marry; I chose a career to be my "husband", and the newspaper articles that I wrote were my "children". So, we were both busy doing different things and had different lifestyles. Tracey went through a dark time, and we went our separate ways because of it. A few years before she died of cancer, we met and shared a hug. We both knew the truth that no matter what happened between us, sisters we would always be.

Matthew 28:20b – Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (NLT)

This verse is a reminder that we are together with Jesus always, even when we don't feel His presence. He is with us in our joys and sorrows, in our triumphs and failures, in our doubts and fears. He is with us in every moment of our lives, guiding us, comforting us, and strengthening us.

When we face challenges and difficulties, it's easy to feel alone and abandoned. But Jesus promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

He is always there, walking with us, holding our hand, and leading us through the storm. So let us take comfort in His promise for today and remember that we are never alone. Jesus is with us always, even to the end of the age.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for always being with us, and for never giving up on us. Amen.

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Becky Holland <rlhga@icloud.com>
Empire, Georgia, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks, Becky, for the comforting words.

    Thanks Becky, your message has hit home.

    Amen Becky. This truth is always a good reminder.

    Thank you for your message of comfort and hope as I face a cancer diagnosis.

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us today. To God be the glory! Blessings.

    Yes, as we know, even during the tough times God is with us.
    Thank you for the good story and the reminder.

    Thanks for sharing, Becky. Your words today fit my need for strength to face the challenges ahead of me in the next few weeks. Thank you again for letting our God speak through your words.

    Thank you, Becky, for sharing your story and giving us encouragement. I have just one sister who is a few years younger, so we were not close as kids, but now she is the one I first turn to for almost everything.

    Thanks, Becky, for your encouraging words today. We need be ever grateful that our loving Lord is ever there and ready to respond to our needs. Sorry to hear of the passing of your sister. Blessings for the writings you prepare.

    Hi Becky
    Wonderful analogy. It must have been very difficult to “lose” your very close sister …. twice.

    Thanks Becky! It was a fitting devotional, having just had a text from a friend with a beloved sister, who has survived a tornado!
    Sisters have a unique bond, in spite of differences.
    Ain’t that the truth?
    (BC Canada) 🍁

    Hello Becky,
    Thank you for your precious devotional today.
    Our Father in Heaven “is always there, walking with us, holding our hand, and leading us through the storm. So let us take comfort in His promise for today and remember that we are never alone. Jesus is with us always, even to the end of the age.”

    Good morning, Becky,
    I grew up with five brothers who were good to me, but I did want a sister. I had two sons so boys it was for me. Then I got a granddaughter who still at 25 gives me time. She tells me she is my sister and daughter that I would have liked. Very special as the time you spent with your older sister who was definitely very loving to you.
    I also feel that God is always there even in the times I am not working on my relationship with Him. It is definitely a comforting feeling and peaceful to know that He is watching over me.
    I think it might have been hard for you to write this devotional, and I am also sure that it will help others who read it and are encouraged that God is always there for us. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

    SO TRUE, BECKY! Thank you for writing.

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