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Never Alone

Hebrews 13:5  He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."   Throughout the Bible there are 35 references to God not leaving or forsaking man.  You may have heard it said when God Says something more than once pay attention to it.  We  can rest assured  that this is something that God really wants us  to Have written on our hearts. God wants us to know and understand that no matter what we are going through we will never be alone.  That is God's promise to us.

A  large part of my life I did not  know God.  I knew of Him but my family very rarely went to church together. So  it was, that every Sunday I was put into a taxi cab By my mother and shipped off to Sunday school.   While at Sunday School I was  told all of the stories About  Jesus.    They were nice stories but designed by parents  or someone to keep me and the other children on our best behavior.  Later on for catechism I was required to recite the names of the 12 disciples in front of the whole congregation.   Although I did my Very best  I failed  miserably. In spite of this rough start Jesus  kept   tapping me on my shoulder  giving and  me little nudges In the direction he wanted me to go. I grew and matured as Jesus persistently   kept reminding me that he was there.   Over time I Gradually began  to listen To the  tapping on my shoulder.    even though I did not  notice a miracle was taking place  and I began to believe.   A stubborn, willful, broken, child was being loved and molded. By God. Paul  in his  letter to the Philippians tells us  “The God Who started this great work in you would keep it up and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” message Philippians 1:6  God was working on me and no matter how hard I tried to ignore Him and pretend That I didn't notice the nudges and the Whispers in my ears  Jesus  Continued His Pursuit Of Me throughout my life.  Overtime I have come to call those Whispers and nudges my “God moments.”   They have become for me  important reminders of  the many times that God Has made me aware  of his presence in my life. God Will not let me forget that I am never alone.  He is always there watching, caring, guiding and most importantly loving me.
    Throughout my life I have been blessed with many” God moments.”  And it is then  I have either heard God's voice, felt his presence, or witnessed His creative work in the  world.     I am always awestruck when I witness the many beauties of His creation such as The sight of a summer rainbow or a starlit night.  I am also reminded  that these events do not happen by chance.  They are part of God’s plan!  I Also  believe that the God moments I have experienced personally are part of God’s plan for me.  “ I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29 11    It is In my “God moments”  That I become aware that God is speaking to me, showing  his love for me, and reminding me that he is still alive and working on my behalf In His world.   
Reflecting  back on those moments in my life I now realize that When I am feeling lost, sad, or confused, when  I need  God he will show up in the form of a God Moment.
The following story is  an brief example of how God has Shown up in my life.
    On Christmas day of 1981 Instead of being awakened from my sleep by the sound of my children happily tearing open their gifts I was awaken by the ringing of my telephone. It was my mother calling to tell me that my father had died of a sudden heart attack.  I was devastated by the news! I had just spoken to my father on  the evening before.  My last words to him were “Daddy I have to go. I am making cookies with the kids.  I Love you Daddy.  I will call you tomorrow.”  At that time I did not know There would be no more tomorrows. That phone conversation was to be the  last time I would hear my Dad’s voice on earth.   I didn’t know how I would get through that Christmas morning with 4 kids who were not old enough to understand what it meant to me that their grandfather had died.   The Children  were filled with excitement and  joy in the way that only children can experience Christmas.  Choking down my sadness and determined I would not let my somber mood  infect my home Spreading like a virus damping the Christmas spirit for others.   Giving in to my need to be alone I decided to I walk down the street to the park.  The park was empty.   I sat down on a swing.    It was a typical winter morning in New Jersey, cold and windy.  Still the sun was shining and the sky was clear.   I swung back  forth on that swing.   Within minutes  I began to yell and cry  out to God as the tears started to roll down my cheeks. In my grief I suddenly felt like no longer knew where home was.  I was  like a child who was lost in the woods.  Somehow in the stillness of that cold Christmas morning I felt a warm breeze surround me.  It felt like a  gentle hug giving me The same comfort. That a child needs from their parent after they have fallen and scraped their knees.  after a while the crying stopped.  I had  just lost my earthly father  and  In that moment what I needed as I sat on the swing  in that cold empty   park was to know that I was loved and  cared for.   I felt held In that warm breeze and I  knew that  I was not  alone.  I believe that God had been there in that park offering me his love in the middle of my pain.  Somehow during What felt like The darkest day Of my Life I understood that life would go on Without my Earthly father but I would never be without have my heavenly father.

, “I will never leave you…”— not for any reason; not my sin, selfishness, stubbornness, nor waywardness. Have I really let God say to me that He will never leave me? If I have not truly heard this assurance of God, then let me listen again.”   Oswald Chambers.



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