Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

#Lent Contemplative Walk

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Had I placed you in a beautiful garden,

A garden of perfection and beauty,

Would you know you are loved?

If the One who made the heavens, earth, moon, and stars—

Humbled Himself and entered the beautiful garden with you,

Would you know you are loved?

If I walked with you and talked with you,

Told you of my great love for you,

The plans I have for you,

Plans for good and not for evil,

Would you know you are loved?

When you walk with me, you will know you are loved. 

Do you struggle to believe God loves you? There was a time I did. Head knowledge of the Bible was not enough. The Love of God had to become personal and real—to pierce through the depths of my being. And He did—the day I opened the door of my heart and invited Jesus in. That was many years ago; yet there are times I need to be reminded God loves me. Do you? I don’t think we are alone.

There was another who would need to be reminded of the Love of God. Presumptuous, proud, and prideful Peter, needed to learn about depravity of heart. Hasty in thought, declarations, and actions about his loyalty to Christ, Peter failed to listen to the words of Jesus and what was to come. As our Savior prayed alone in the Garden, sleep rather than prayer, left the disciple weak and vulnerable to the terrors of night. When Roman soldiers came, faith left and fear took over…as Peter cut off the ear of a soldier. Soon afterward, he denied Jesus three times, just as the Lord had warned him. Peter who had once followed Jesus closely, now followed from a distance. He felt guilty and unworthy of God’s love.

Fast forward to the trials, the scourging, the mocking, the cruelty of the Cross and the suffering of the Lamb of God. The declaration of Jesus: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”. The Death, the Burial, the Resurrection. And before the Ascension, Jesus reinstates the humbled Peter with these words. “If you love me, feed my sheep”.

Knowing Jesus mercy and compassion for Peter, should encourage us to keep walking with Him. Nothing can separate us from the Love of God—including our failures, fears, feelings, or foes.

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:10 NLT).

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Rev. 22:17 NIV).

Our Father in Heaven, Thank You for revealing Your great love and forgiveness for our sins, through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Come into hearts made ready to believe and receive the greatest gift every given.  Amen.

Gratefully yours,
Glenda

13 thoughts on “#Lent Contemplative Walk

  1. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing and God Bless you!

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    • Grateful you stopped by again Holly! Have a blessed Easter!! I just signed up for your future posts through email and twitter. Now just have to go catch up on some of your past posts. (:

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  2. Beautifully written, thank you for another lovely post!

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  3. Thank you for this good reminder, especially in this season of Lent. I love the way you open your message, with God speaking. May we have ears to hear, and grateful hearts, too.

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  4. Thank you for the beautiful reminder. It’s easy to feel we’re not loved, but there is one that loves us regardless.

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  5. I love your beautiful poetry, Glenda! And your messages, too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing them both!

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  6. Glenda, your website is beautiful. Thank you for your powerful reminder`that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Oh how He loves you and me…

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  7. Thank you Glenda, I needed exactly that! Love you!

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