Friday, April 12              Isaiah 54:9-10                   Shane Mullin

9 These are like the days of Noah for me,  when I promised that Noah’s waters would never again cover the earth. Likewise I promise not to rage against you or rebuke you. 10 The mountains may shift,  and the hills may be shaken, but my faithful love won’t shift from you,  and my covenant of peace won’t be shaken, says the Lord, the one who pities you.

You might find this difficult to believe, but when I was a little boy, when I was in a store with my mother or father, I would often get distracted by something and eventually find myself alone, unable to locate my parents. For the longest time, I thought that I was the only person to whom this had ever happened. Much to my relief, I would later learn that these experiences were fairly common amongst most people I knew. Even though I eventually learned that I shouldn’t panic when I couldn’t find my parents (or they couldn’t find me), the first few times were very scary for me. I remember worrying that my parents had left me at the store and had gone home without me, and because I hadn’t wanted to leave the toy section or stop reading a comic book, they had forgotten me. Once, I even became afraid that my parents had decided that they didn’t love me anymore and didn’t want me to come home – turns out, that wasn’t the case, and I am grateful. I am especially grateful that I could trust my parents’ love for me, and that they were going to be faithful parents to me. But even more than that, I am grateful for what today’s scripture reminds me about God – God’s faithful love won’t shift from us. God will love us regardless of all of the rapid change that happens every single day. Let’s be grateful for that, together.

As you pray today, be thankful that God’s love won’t be withdrawn from us.