Valentine’s Day. It’s here again.
Many of us are looking forward to a special night out with our special someone. It is a beautiful time to reflect on the love in our lives, as well as, the love we have for others. During this holiday, though, let’s remember that there is no greater love than the perfect love that Christ holds for us. He is the ultimate Valentine and He will never forget you.
I was ten years old when I accepted Christ as my Forever Valentine and, yes, it was on Valentine’s Day! I can’t imagine a more perfect day to enter into Christ’s arms and be covered by His grace and love. Years have passed since my first Valentines with Christ and much has happened in my life. I grew up, went to college, fell in-love and got married, graduated, got a job, and started a family. My life in the last 18 Valentines has seen joy, laughter, pain, and tears.
"Yet, through every up and down, every heartache, and every breathless moment, my God has stood next to me with His perfect love surrounding me."
This Valentine’s Day, I reflect on all my life has seen.
Despite my relatively young age, I’ve known pain so unbearable that you would wish it upon no one. You see, 10 months ago, I became a grieving mother. My husband and I said hello and goodbye to our precious baby girl, Eliza. The past ten months has been a long journey full of hurt, anger, and at times, joy. We are parents of two children, but only one lives with us. [You can read my story @ theelizalife.com]
"I know some people look at my story and wonder how I can still call God’s love perfect after all the pain that I have endured. To you, I say that God has not abandoned me. He stood by me 18 years ago, and He stands by me now."
Let me show you:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Cries when I cry
Hurts when I hurt
It isn’t taken aback by my pain and my tears don’t make Him uncomfortable.
He doesn’t run when my pain causes me to lash out in anger. Instead, He allows the heat and the pain to spill out, then when I’m exhausted from the tears, He reminds me that He’s here and holds me in His love.
Perfect Love stays. It is constant and unwavering.
Perfect Love sends reminders of the joy I hold in the form of a stranger’s kind words, my son’s smile, and my husband’s arms.
Perfect Love died so my daughter could get her miracle and forever live in joy and love…safe and whole in her Heavenly Daddy’s arms.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24
Perfect Love sacrificed all so that I, undeservedly, could one day hold my child in my arms again and tell her how Perfect Love brought me back to her.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Perfect Love is more than words, more than actions, more than feelings. Perfect Love is all encompassing, all knowing, and all loving, forever and ever.
My heart is broken now, but on the day it stops beating on this Earth... it will begin again in Heaven: whole, new, and overflowing with my God’s Perfect Love.
“But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me." 2 Samuel 12:23 [David referencing his infant son, who has just passed away.]
Sweet Ones, no matter your pain or your story, remember that Christ’s love is ever present and ever perfect and that He gives it for you.
Copyright 2017. All rights reserved. Elizabeth Bennett