No One Can Take It Away

“…because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Romans 5:5

When my second child was born, one of my concerns was ensuring our older son George didn’t feel neglected or loved less.

It was a challenge because a baby needs tons of attention. A baby needed to be held most of the time. A baby needed more frequent feedings. A baby needed more frequent diaper changes.

So in my desperation, I bought this book called “Pocket Parent” by Gail Reichlin and Caroline Winkler. The book was designed like a “Trouble Shooting Manual.” Topics were divided by toddler issues and all you had to do was pick a certain topic and gain some practical tips on how other parents have successfully handled the issue.

Under the topic “New Baby”, I learned what to say to give George reassurance …

“I love you George. You always have a special place in my heart. No one can take it away.”

I remember George’s reaction the first time. He looked at me and said, “No one can take it away?”

I wasn’t expecting that response. And I felt a sting in my heart because he had doubts. And it was the same response every time I said those words to him. Nevertheless, Mama Bear replied consistently, “Yes, no one can take it away.”

Being a parent made me appreciate God’s love more. In the sense that as a parent, you just want to give your child every good thing. And not just every good thing, you want to give your child the best. You want to give your child a better future. You want to have a better job so you can spend more time with them.

It’s an unbelievable crazy feeling in my heart I never knew existed.

Now I can never fully comprehend God’s love. But in my heart, I imagine He must be like a parent who wants to give you every good thing.

He wants to give you a better future. He wants to give you a better job. He wants to give you a good life so that you can spend more time with your loved ones. He is working behind the scenes. He is preparing divine connections. He is opening windows of opportunities for you. He is fighting on your behalf. He is healing your brokenness. He is filling your loneliness. He is repairing relationships. He is continuing to fill your cup to overflowing so you can inspire and help even more people. He continues to renew your strength.

And sometimes when you think that things seem to be falling apart…maybe…it’s actually when things are coming together.

God is crazy in love with you. Like a mother holding a baby close to her face and never wanting to let go. He loves you so much He wants to equip you and give you the best. And thus His love has been poured into your heart through the Holy Spirit.

And guess what, “No one can take it away.”

…And every now and then I remind my George of this.

However tonight was not the same. I received a different reaction.

I was in the recliner with Gracie on my left and George on my right as I said the same words…

“I love you George. You always have a special place in my heart. No one can take it away.”

And George said, “No one can take it away.”

There was no longer any question mark at the end. And inside my heart, I felt peace.

As the Holy Spirit continues to fill your hearts, may you be reassured of God’s love and may you have peace today.

Reflection was based on this Sunday’s reading.

Photo courtesy of Ambro at freedigitalphotos.net
Photo courtesy of Ambro at freedigitalphotos.net
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