“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:15-16 ESV)
With my daughter leaving for a six-month YWAM trip in early January, this Christmas has been a bit of a challenge to pick practical gifts for her. My husband, Don, suggested a small My Utmost for His Highest devotional that can travel with her. I had gotten him a full-sized one a few years previous and I guess he really appreciated it.
There are some beautiful soft leather like bound copies. Our favorite Christian bookstore offers to engrave the recipient’s name on the front for a small fee. The silver etching really makes it a keepsake, but I remember the angst I felt when I was doing hubby’s book – the engraving meant it couldn’t be returned! It’s a no-turning-back decision and I’ve yet to make up my mind whether to go for it or not. (Girls can be much more finicky than men – always keep receipts)!
However, God is much more decisive. He tells us that He’s engraved us on the palms of His hands . . . and that He will not forget us. It’s a permanent deal! We are a gift that He does not want to return:
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28 ESV)
This Christmas you may be feeling forgotten or even rejected. Perhaps it’s your first holiday without a spouse . . . or maybe you’ve moved away from your hometown and are physically removed from all that you love.
Please know that Jesus sees you. Your ‘walls’ are continually before Him and His love for you is fierce. His gift of salvation did not come with a gift receipt – it’s a precious, permanent relationship! Turn to Him today and allow His Spirit to envelope you in an embrace – He will never let you go . . .
Father, we thank You for the Gift of your Son. Help us to cling to You when we are feeling lonely or distant this Christmas. Bring to our minds the many ways that You have shown Your goodness and grace in our lives. And help us Lord to look for those who may be feeling displaced or vulnerable this season. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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