God Loves You! 10/9/13

My grandson is walking!  Ashley (my daughter-in-law) posted a video on Facebook on Sunday evening.  I know I’ve watched it at least half a dozen times; it’s only about 6 seconds long and it’s only about 5 feet, but he’s walking.  A couple of weeks ago she posted a video of him standing up and grabbing onto his cart and pushing it across the room, that one is about 17 seconds (do you think I’m obsessed with my grandson?)  In both videos his mommy and daddy are there urging him on, yelling their support, clapping and reaffirming him.  If grandpa and grandma were there we’d be doing it too (and probably I’d find a way to take credit).  I wish I knew how to post those videos to this email and send them to you but I don’t know how to do that, I’m sure it would take a lot of memory, or bytes, or RAM, or something like that and besides, most of you wouldn’t want to see it anyway.  You’re more interested in your grandson or granddaughter; as well you should be.  (But if you want to see the videos, come by my office and I’ll be GLAD to show them to you!)

Now I know most of you think I just wanted to talk to you about my grandson, but that really isn’t the case here.  I am proud of my grandson and I love to talk about him, but as I was watching both of those videos this afternoon I thought about how much his mommy and daddy love that boy and that made me think about God and how much He loves us.  I’ve told you this before, but I believe if God had a refrigerator, He would have your picture on the front of it.  He LOVES you!

And as I thought about those things I thought about a couple of passages of scripture:  Isaiah 49 and Isaiah 66.  Look at these scriptures with me.

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?  Though she may forget, I will not forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”  Isaiah 49:15-16

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.”  Isaiah 66:13

The question in chapter 49 is a question where the answer is implied:  NO WAY!  But then God says, “I’m just like that.  Just as a mother is not going to forget that child, I’m not going to forget you.  But, in the incredible chance that she would forget; in the almost impossible thought that she might forget, why even if a mother actually did forget her baby, there is no way in the world that I’m going to forget you.”  That’s our God.  That’s how much He loves you and me.  And then He goes on and says, “Why look here, I have engraved your face on my hands I love you so much!”  Forget the refrigerator, He tattooed your face right on His hands!  (No emails please about how God hates tattoos . . . please.  I’m just trying to make a point here and who knows J . . .) 

My son and daughter-in-law love their son; there is NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!  They are going to do everything they can to show him that and to make sure that he KNOWS that he is loved.  Nothing is going to change that either. We love our son and daughter and daughter-in-law and grandson and we are going to do everything that we can to show them that and to make sure that they KNOW they are loved.  That’s what moms and dads do.  AND NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE THAT!

God loves you, there is NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!  He has done (and by the way, He is going to continue to do) everything that He can to show you that and to make sure that you KNOW that you are loved.  AND NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE THAT EITHER.  There isn’t ANYTHING you can do to make God stop loving you.  NOTHING – (That’s Greek for not one single, solitary thing at all, no way, no how).  

I believe that God smiles when He sees you in the morning when you wake up.  I believe that God looks at you while you are sleeping and smiles.  I believe that God cheered when you walked for the first time.  I think that you made His day on the day that He created you.  I think that there are times when God literally puts His arms around you and hugs you.  I really do believe that.  You might not recognize Him, but I believe that He does. 

Our children have made some mistakes in their lives.  There were times, when they were younger and at home, that they disobeyed us.  We disciplined them when they did and we did that because we love them.  We wanted to teach them what was right; what was acceptable; what would help them in life.  But not once, never one single time when they disobeyed, when they have made mistakes or done something that we don’t agree with, not once, not EVEN once have we ever stopped loving them or quit loving them nor will we quit loving them because of any of that.  I know that our children will discipline their children when they do wrong and they will do it for many if not all of the same reasons that we did.  But not one time, not EVEN once, will they ever stop loving that boy.

Are there times when we’ve messed up, when we’ve “gasp” SINNED and God has stopped loving us because of what we’ve done?  NEVER – NEVER – NEVER – NEVER – NEVER!  Has He not wanted us to do that?  Of course.  Has He disciplined us?  Absolutely!  Did He ever stop loving us?  NEVER!

Then in the 66th chapter, Isaiah tells us that God comforts us like a mother comforts her child.  There is just something about a mother’s comfort.  A dad can and does comfort, but let’s face it, when a small child gets hurt, just about all of the time the first thing they do is cry for mama!  That is the picture that God is giving us. 

There are going to be times when we need to be comforted, and God will comfort us.  Think about this:  who do you think taught those mama’s how to comfort?  God.  Who do you think is world champion comforter?  God!  Why, do you remember the word that Jesus used to describe “God living inside of us”?  That’s right, Comforter! 

I just wanted to tell you today that God loves you.  He’s your biggest supporter!  He is the One in your corner when no one else is there.  He isn’t going to forget you; YOUR FACE IS TATTOOED ON HIS HANDS!

I love you, just not nearly as much as He does!

Rick

Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday October 9 – Come on and join us tonight for dinner about 5 and then if you aren’t involved in the teen’s or children’s activities you can take part in the Hispanic Bible study or the prayer group, both of which meet at 6.  (I might even show you George’s “walking” videos . . . no, don’t worry, I won’t)

Thursday October 10 – Coordinated Home Healthcare is going to have an Open House on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Our own Mary Nell Washburn is a part of this incredible organization and she would love to have you drop by to see their new “digs” and sit and chat (maybe they’ll even have a cookie).  They are located at 1218 Mecham Drive, Suite C, in Ruidoso; where Two Scoops used to be!

Sunday October 13 – We will be having our regular worship services at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.  We’d love to see you here.

BUT THE REALLY GREAT EVENT ON SUNDAY IS THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF OUR HISPANIC WORSHIP SERVICE!  This takes place at 4:00 o’clock in the sanctuary.  This will be a tremendous celebration of what God has done and what He is doing!  Come and join us for an incredible time to celebrate together and then we’re going to have a piñata party and great food!

Monday October 14 – Church Board meeting 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 23 – We will be having our Annual Family Dinner for the families of our Wednesday night children and teens.  We will need servers, greeters, table hosts, cooks, set-up and clean-up crews and just plain old people to love these families.  We hope you’ll be a part of it!  There will be signup sheets on Sunday!

Sunday October 27 – We will be privileged to have Rudy Cervantes, Heavenly Trumpet Ministries here with us on that Sunday.  WE WILL BE HAVING ONE COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE AT 9:30 A.M. ON THAT DAY AND WE WILL MEET IN THE GYM!  Immediately following the service our teens will be hosting their semi-annual brisket dinner with Shelly’s famous dinner rolls.  There will also be a silent auction.  This is our teens semi-annual fundraiser and we hope you’ll plan on staying and eating and getting yourself some bargains!


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