For thousands of years, people have found comfort in the Psalms. No matter what emotion you are experiencing or fight you're facing, the psalms have something important to say. For the next little while, Love Lines from God will feature, "Solace from the Psalms." We hope you enjoy. And please share them with a friend.
Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 106:1 NLT
For forty-two years, I watched them hold on through thick and thin.
Prior to my leaving for college, we celebrated my paternal grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary. Fifteen years later, I stood in the nursing home—where they both had been placed—and watched as my grandfather eagerly anticipated his final journey. Not many people celebrate sixty-five years of marriage. They now marry later in life and often give up on each other for frivolous reasons. But my grandparents held on through lean and abundant times.
As God’s love is faithful and enduring, so ours should be toward our mates.
Enduring love accepts and is unconditional. My grandparents were quite different. My grandfather was an outdoorsman and in his younger years had farmed. Most of his time was spent delivering ice cream, working in the yard, and tending his garden. My grandmother, however, was content to stay indoors.
My grandfather was also a meek man. It took a lot to rile him. Very few times did I ever witness him angry. But my grandmother had a “Rast” temper (her maiden name) and would fly off the handle at a moment’s notice if something didn’t suit her. Only unconditional love and acceptance saw them through their many years of marriage.
I take comfort in knowing God’s love is even more unconditional and accepting than my grandparent's ever was. While God has expectations for me, He’ll never divorce me regardless of how many times I stumble or fail to reciprocate with unconditional love. My behavior and attitudes may disappoint Him, but I never will for I’m made complete in Christ Jesus. And so are you.
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Prayer: Omnipotent Father, we celebrate Your enduring love for us.