Sometimes we don’t like the person our child has become when they have been rude, disrespectful and even downright hateful towards us. Suddenly we are the bad guy, the enemy. Alcohol and drugs change them. Depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses change them. Time in jail or prison changes them. Trauma changes them. So much they have experienced changes them. Before we know it they are no longer the person we once knew. The sweet, innocent, son or daughter we raised and have so many special memories of . . . where did they go? What happened? It is so baffling and mystifying. It hurts so badly. But they are still our sons, our daughters. Underneath it all is a frightened, lost soul. Our precious child is still there, somewhere.
What can make a difference in their lives? God’s unfailing love. We sure don’t deserve it, yet His love for us never fails, no matter what we’ve done. Think about that. It’s unfailing. It can’t fail! It can’t wear out, give out or fizzle out. It’s impossible – absolutely not possible – “no way, no how!” – for it to stop or come to an end . . . ever! It will never cease to exist. The Bible tells us that nothing can separate us from God’s love. NOT A THING.
I found it so comforting to think of how much God loved my daughter, no matter what she did or what was done to her. Somehow it gave me hope that if he loved her that much, then one day she just might be ok. I could put her in his hands and entrust her into his care because of this unfailing love. I could depend on it. It was a sure thing. It didn’t guarantee she would be ok, but I could trust that out of His love for her He would do whatever it would take to reach her with that endless, immutable love. He is faithful and he could do it!
As I was thinking about this I was reminded of a song: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord. Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord. Great is thy faithfulness.” The Bible sums it up quite well in Lamentations 3:21-23 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope; because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” And also in Psalm 119:76a “May your unfailing love be my comfort . . .”
Because God’s love never fails, there is always hope for all of us. As a dear friend of mine says, LNF!