May 2019

God’s Unchanging Love for Us
Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Psalm 66:20

It’s May so we are celebrating the mothers in our lives!   A time when we honor how much they give to our families.    But it’s not always easy!  Part of being a mother, or any parent, is going through challenging times with our children…resistance, rejection, misbehavior.   And it occurs to me that this is similar to our relationship with God during our faith journey!   

As young children we are eager to embrace our families, and as young Christians we are enthusiastic to embrace God, our Father.   Then, as we grow older, we have times when we back away from families, have difficulty communicating, and are demanding, make bad decisions, and so much more.  But as a mom you stick with it and wait out these times, providing unconditional love no matter what.  As we mature in our faith, we have ups and downs as well as we come to understand ourselves and what a relationship with God means to our lives. 

God stands with us, loves us unconditionally, is patient with us, and responds when we come to Him.  Spending time with God in prayer, even when we feel too busy, disappointed, angry or confused, can help navigate these tough times.   By simply reaching out to God, we allow him to work in our lives, to listen and help us grow, to be present as needed.   Our continued growth is rewarded by a close relationship with him!   Happy Mother’s Day!! 

Heavenly Father, thank you for your love and patience with us as we grow in our faith!  Help us to remember to spend time with you and to feel your presence even when we feel distant. Amen.

By Lois Powers 

Lois Powers has been writing the devotions for our prayer guides for the past 5 years. As she transitions to other service opportunities we want to thank Lois for helping us grow closer to the Lord through prayer.