EACH NEW DAY…ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SEE GOD’S FAITHFUL LOVE

by tklicka on October 18, 2009

Dear friends,

It is a bit dangerous to write a journal entry at the end of a busy day when you’re tired and thus a little more emotional, but I felt so strongly that I needed to write and not let another day pass.

I so miss my soulmate. The memories Chris and I shared, the ways he uniquely shaped our family, his fun sense of humor, the faithfulness he exhibited in leading our family spiritually in God’s Word, his passion for the lost, his joy in serving Christ, his deep appreciation for the love His heavenly Father had for him…I miss all of these things and so much more! 

Over 3,500 entries have been shared with me and my family in the last several weeks. I am so grateful for the many words of encouragement and prayers lifted up on our behalf. I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to read all the Caring Bridge guestbook entries, but hope to have time to read them over the next several weeks.

Of those I have read I’ve been deeply moved by the way Chris touched so many of your lives. I am not surprised–he so freely shared his life, and so sincerely cared for so many people.

One of the comments I have heard most from folks who had opportunity to talk to and work with Chris is that he genuinely cared about them. He made them feel as though no one else was more important than them when he was with them (whether on the phone or with them in person).

It didn’t matter either if he had just met you or not; he would fully enter into your situation and be right there with you to empathize, to offer encouragement or help, or to share in your joy or sorrow.

I remember him sharing many times through tears and anguish the sorrow others experienced. He knew that God in His sovereign love was with these people, but he still felt their sadness. I loved that about him. We would often weep  and pray together for others going through hardship, trusting God that He was going to give them much grace and carry them through the night.

Some of you are going through a deep valley right now. I don’t know all of you, but may I encourage you with a truth that has ministered to me many times these last weeks? Jesus Himself has carried upon Himself our sorrows. He is acquainted with our griefs, and is there, a shelter from the storm of sadness, pain and hardship. Oh, weary soul, run to Him and find rest and comfort in His arms!

I know this is true for me as well. I bury myself in Christ, my beloved Redeemer. My heart is heavy missing him who my soul loves, and this verse came to mind tonight–

“On my bed night after night I sought him Whom my soul loves;I sought him but did not find him.”                                              ~Song of Solomon 3:1

And then I remembered the words to one of my favorite songs, Hide Away in the Love of Jesus:

 Come weary saints, though tired and weak
Hide away in the love of Jesus
Your strength will return by His quiet streams
Hide away in the love of Jesus

Come wand’ring souls, and find your home
Hide away in the love of Jesus
He offers the rest that you yearn to know
Hide away in the love of Jesus

Hear Him calling your name
See the depths of His love
in the wounds of His grace
Hide away

Come guilty ones, weighed down with sin
Hide away in the love of Jesus
The freedom you long for is found in Him
Hide away in the love of Jesus

Hear Him calling your name
See the depths of His love
in the wounds of His grace
Hide away

Come hopeless hearts, do not despair
Hide away in the love of Jesus
For ten thousand joys await you there
Hide away in the love of Jesus

I’m doing just this tonight…and He is there with me.

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