Dear sister or brother who's lonely,
I want to encourage you today because I can feel the burden for you on Father's heart.
You already know All The Stuff. All the words that are supposed to make you feel better … and sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't.
I'm not here to talk to you about those things today, because you already know them.
But I am here to talk to you about Father's heart for you, right here in All The Loneliness.
Because you see, beloved: Father cares more about the fact that you are hurting right now than He does about your Passing All The Tests Perfectly.
If you had a baby, and your baby was hurting, wouldn't you just look at the tears on your baby's face and want to make them stop?
Wouldn't you want to kiss it and make it better? Wouldn't you comfort your little one, wipe the tears off her face or his face, and hug them tight to yourself?
And see, you didn't get that instinct out of thin air. You got it because you were created in the image of God, who is the original Father. That instinct is from Him. That comforting thing is what He is like.
And comforting is exactly what He wants to be and do for you right now.
Life stinks sometimes. Things happen. Hard things. And the joyful are not always happy; the strong are not always vigorous.
But Father doesn't expect you to just keep on hippity-hoppitying down the bunny trail as if everything is fine. You wouldn't tell your baby that if she or he had just been attacked by a bully and gotten their arm broken. And Father wouldn't tell you that either.
In times like these, it's okay to crawl up on Daddy's lap and cry awhile.
It's okay to rest.
It's okay to be comforted. Just to snuggle into Daddy's chest and shut out the world.
And I felt like Papa wanted you to know that today.
That is all.
Much love and big hugs to you in Jesus,
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