My heart aches for those who are incarcerated where the kiss of spring is a distant memory. It aches too for those who walk in the free world, but are too bowed with sorrow, physical pain, isolation or hopelessness to be able to raise eyes to the beauties of the day.
The older I get the more aware I am of the quiet desperation that overlays so many lives. And the sadder I am for the folks who struggle alone, trying to heal from loss and frustration and fear through the power of positive thinking or throw themselves into passionate healthy living regimens, expensive hobbies or self-medicate to ease the daily pain.
My mother felt the phrase most descriptive was, "filling the God-shaped hole with all the wrong stuff". I too have a sense that I was created to serve a purpose only possible through a relationship with my creator, a relationship that perfectly fills the empty places of my heart, heals my rage and fear, and coaxes, woos and nudges me to release all that holds me back and embrace all that gives me wings.
If you have not been talking with God, now is a good time to open your aching heart to His love. If you haven't read the Scripture recently, there is something waiting to be read today to bless you uniquely. If you haven't practiced living your faith recently, look for a way to be kindly engaged with the next person you meet. God longs to heal you and your relationship with Him..
If you have never known much about God and aren't sure where to start, simply asking God for help in finding your way to Him will begin an amazing journey.
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Amazing God who is never too busy, never uninterested, never overwhelmed by our needs, thank You. Thank You for Your breathtaking capacity to heal, to love, to redeem, to renew, to reconcile us to you and set us on a path of hope, joy and a life of purpose and love. AMEN