Life is fleeting, and moments with loved ones are precious. Discover the power of expressing love and gratitude today, inspired by God’s ultimate sacrifice made out of love.

Great love prompts great sacrifice.

It’s what love does.

Have you ever had to say goodbye to someone you love?

Parting with my eldest as he embarked on his college journey was a poignant moment etched in memory. It was NOT easy! Despite the passage of time and the subsequent milestones of marriage for him and the departure of my younger son to college, saying our goodbyes after a visit remains just as emotionally challenging. Each visit inevitably ends in tearful goodbyes.

Many times, I have poured my heart out to the Lord. I’m always excited to see what the Lord is doing in and through my sons, but my mother’s heart is sad to say goodbye.

As I took my feelings before the Lord, He showed me a picture. He reminded me that He had to say goodbye to His son.

God can relate to our pain

God said goodbye to His son when He let Him come to earth to be born as a baby, and to begin His ministry here.

But even more than that, God had to say goodbye to His son, Jesus, when He let Jesus die for us on the cross.

I’ve known that before, but as a mother who has had to say goodbye to both her sons, that pierced my heart in a way it never has before.

It pierced my heart in a new and fresh way as I thought about the sacrifice that God made for me and for you, that He would willingly say goodbye to His son in Heaven, for us.

God sacrificed out of love for us.

God reminded me that’s what love does.
Love sacrifices.
Love makes great sacrifice.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s a little sacrifice to send my sons off to college, and to pay for college, because I know there are things for them in their future by doing so.

It’s a great sacrifice that God made sending His son here, knowing ultimately He would have to die. That’s a great sacrifice He made because that’s what love does.

We never know how much more time we’ll have with someone.

We never know how long we are going to have loved ones around. On a trip to Florida, I stayed in a garage apartment owned by a friend’s parents. They are the sweetest couple ever. But it kind of made me miss my own parents. Neither are still living. It made me realize, we don’t know how long our loved ones are going to be with us.

Saying goodbyes to my sons, I thought, “You never know how much more time you have with others.” I don’t know how many days I have left on this earth. My eldest son is married now. And, for my youngest son, I don’t know if he’ll ever live at home under our roof again. I don’t know how much more time either of my sons have left. Only God knows. We don’t know.

Hope-filled perspective: Great love prompts great sacrifice

So, take the time today, this week, to make sure your loved ones know you love them. Tell them you love them. That’s what love does.

While you’re at it, take time to reflect on the great sacrifice God made, because He loves you. That’s why He said goodbye to His son and let Him come to earth, knowing that He would also die for me and for you. Oh, how God loves you!

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

 

 

 

Life is fleeting, and moments with loved ones are precious. Discover the power of expressing love and gratitude today, inspired by God’s ultimate sacrifice made out of love.

 

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