Arms of love

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from the words of my groaning?
– Psalm 22:1

David wrote these words long before Christ muttered these words while hanging on the cross.  David was obviously feeling the sting of a moment in time where it seemed like God was not with him.

Christ felt the same sting, while hanging on a cross, saving the very people who were killing him.

David, being a man’s after God’s own heart, feeling like God was no longer there for Him.  Christ, being God’s own Son, feeling forsaken by His own father.

Tonight, while holding Josie in my arms as was innocently watching her pre-bedtime Wonder Pets episode, I prayed over my little girl.  I prayed that God would never forsake her, that He would never leave her, and that He would protect her all the days of her life.

I also prayed that I would do the same thing.  That I would never leave her, never forsake her.  That I would protect her all the days of her life.  I want her to know that I love her more than anything.  But I also realize, there will be times when she, just like I did with my parents, will stray away from the ones who love her more than anything.

The one thing I don’t ever want my child to think is that I don’t love her.  Which makes me understand even more that the one thing God wants us to know is He will never cease to love us.

The song “Arms of Love” comes to mind.

I sing a simple song of love
To my Savior, To my Jesus
I’m grateful for the things you’ve done
My loving Savior, my precious Jesus

My heart is glad, that you’ve called it you’re own
And there’s no place I’d rather be

Than in your arms of love.
In your arms of love.
Holding me still, holding me near
In your arms of love.

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