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Dear Young Disciples,

It isn’t the kind of question I would ask. It seems rather nosy, and even a little absurd. Yet someone who apparently didn’t worry about such things actually asked it. He was talking to a mother who had 13 children. He must have assumed that a parent of so many children would naturally have favorites, because he asked, “Which of your children do you love the most?”

She gave a beautiful answer: “The one who is sick, until he gets well; and the one who is away, until he returns!”

That’s a mother’s love for you. We mothers love every one of our kids as much as it is possible to love! But when they’re hurting, or if they’re away from home, we somehow love them even a little bit more!

A mother’s love gives us just a little glimmer of how much God cares about us. In fact, He loves us more than we can ever comprehend. And should we ever stray from Him, afflicted with the terrible sickness of sin, He loves us even harder!

When we find ourselves far from God, the enemy tells us that we’ve gone too far or done too much for God to ever accept us again. But God, who never lies, says something quite different: “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee” (Isaiah 49:15).

Don’t linger in the shadows. Step into the arms of the One who loves you more than any other!

Your friend,

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