My Dearest Most Beloved Child;
“I have loved you with everlasting love. I have drawn you with loving kindness to myself. Do you not know that I created you inmost being? I knot you together in your mother;s womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. See, I have even engraved you on the palms of my hands”. These nail scars are for you.
“Fear not”, my beloved, no matter what circumstances trouble you, “for I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Since you are precious and honored in my sight and because I love you, do not be afraid, for I am with you.”
“You are my servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I have promised a bruised reed I will not break and a smoldering wick I will not snuff out, so I will strengthen you and help you,” my beloved, “I will uphold you with righteous right hand.”
If you are feeling confused, overwhelmed, maybe even hopeless today, and are in need of my wisdom, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. And “I will put my law in and write it on your heart.” “I will teach you my ways”, my love, “so that you may walk in my truth.” “I will give you,” simply for the asking, “an undivided heart that you may fear my name.” “Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your soul.”
I am call you and saying, “Come to me, you who are weary and heavy-burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light and you will find rest for your soul.” Remember beloved, “I am the Lord who comforts his people and I will have compassion on my afflicted ones.” “Those who hope in me will not be disappointed,” and “ I will repay you,” my precious one, “for the years the locust have devoured.” Therefore,”be anxious for nothing; but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, l;et your request be known to (me), and the peace that only I can give, which passes all understanding will guard your heart and your mind.”
And remember, “I your God am not a man that I should lie, nor a son of man that I should change my mind. Do I speak and then not act? Do I promise and then not fulfill?”
Even though right now my beloved, my precious child, you may see no immediate answers to your prayers and cries to me, again, remember “Thought the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, and my covenant of peace will not be removed.” Trust me in this my dearest one, “For I know the plans have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” And you will keep calling to me and praying to me and I will listen to you. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” “Lean not unto your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge (me) and I will direct your path.”
And yes, my child, I do know the waves may seem awfully high right now, and the fire may feel unbearably hot, but “Fear not, I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you,” just as I have always been, and “when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you”, no matter what your flesh or the enemy of your soul tries to tell you. And “when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” But just like the Hebrew children who were in the furnace and the cords that bound them were burned away, so will the cords that bind you be burned away. “And if you hold to my teaching you truly are my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
If you’re in bondage to your past, to your sins and failures, or if you’re bound up in unforgiveness or bitterness to those who have hurt you, hear my word to you beloved: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
“I, even I, Jesus, am He who blots out you iniquities, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” And, as I have forgotten your sins, even so, you must also forgive those who have sinned against you.
I hung on the cross for you my beloved, just for you. So you too must forgive. I gave my body to be tortured, just for you. I suffered, just for you. When they beat me and ripped away my flesh from my bones, I was thinking of you. When the plucked out my beard and tore my face away with it, I submitted to it for you. I was stripped naked for you. Spit on for you. Insulted and humiliated for you.
I let them drive nails into my wrist and when the nail hit a nerve and sent swooning pain clear to my spine, I was thinking of you. Thinking of you because I love you!
And when, taking on all the sins of the world, including yours my child, the Father in his holiness had to turn away so that I cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” I did it all for you. I was forsaken by the Father, so you wouldn’t have To be. And I did it for you, because I love you!
That’s why when you think of me loving you, let me remind you that “man looks at the outward appearance, but (I, your Lord) look at your heart.” And though you’ve gone through sorrows and I have tested you, you will come forth as gold.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” “And I will bestow on you a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. You will be called an oak of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of (MY) splendor.”
“I will keep you in perfect peace as your mind is steadfast and trusting in me. I am the Lord, your Rock eternal.” Nothing is impossible for me, and I will provide all your needs according to my glorious riches,” and especially your need for love.
My child, if you will offer me your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, and walk with me bearing your own cross of death to self daily, I will fill you with the “fruit of my Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Then you will be able to love me in return and love your neighbor here on earth, just as I have commanded you.
I can’t wait to show you the delights of my kingdom precious one. You have so much to look forward to. In fact, its true, that “no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor has it even entered into the heart of man, all that I have prepared for those who love me.”
It won’t be much longer now. So “be still and know that I am God.” And take comfort in knowing that even at this moment I am preparing a place just for you in my holy city.
I will come again, and I will take you to be with me where I am for eternity. I will do it just as I promised, my beloved. And I will do it just because I love you.
Your loving God and Savior,