God Puts the Lonely in Families

531877_582423648442699_781929154_nWe had a long night.

Bad dreams or bad memories, I don’t know which one, continually bothered Sally throughout the night.

“Mama, don’t leave me!” she cried.

“Honey, I’m right here.  I’m not gonna leave you,” I said as I held her tight.

But I thought to myself, “Better not tell her something I can’t back up.”

I will have to leave her sometimes.  I have to go to the grocery store, to my office, sometimes out of town.  I plan on living a very long life, but only God knows the number of my days.

“I better start pointing her to the One who will never, ever leave her,” I thought as I continued to hold her.

“Sally, Jesus is with you.  He is always with you.  Jesus will never leave you,” I said with conviction, as she settled back down and went back to sleep.

Early the next morning, she was at it again.

“Mama, don’t leave me!” she cried.

I got her up and laid down on the couch with her.  She was happy as can be.

She looked up at me and laughed and then said precious words, so real to her, so true.

“I love family,” she said quietly, a smile curling up around the thumb she was sucking.

“Me, too, Sally,” I said.

God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing.

                                                                                    Psalm 68:6

God puts the lonely in families.

It may be earthly family, church family, or fellowship of the family of God.  If you are lonely, ask Him where that family is in your life.

Sometimes He is all the family you need.  He will never leave you.  He will never forsake you.  He is the perfect Parent, the perfect Comforter, the perfect Shield and Fortress.

Thank Him for family today.

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 31:8

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