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I Will Not Leave You as Orphans

January 11, 2019

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I Will Not Leave You as Orphans

My father was an orphan way back  in 1891.     Back in those days,  most orphans were farmed out  as indentured servants — as he was.     Whoever took them  into their home  was contracted  to feed,  clothe,  and have them educated — but,  all orphans were expected  to work hard  for that family  until they were 18 years of age.     Then,  they were to be given a fresh set of clothes,  a little bit of money,  and released  from their indenture contract.     Life is different today.

Whatever the time  in history,  being an orphan  is a traumatic experience.     In Jesus’ day,  it was no less traumatic.     Just before Jesus was  to die  for our sins,  He gave words  of comfort  to the disciples,  who did not really understand  what was going on.     But,  Jesus knew  ahead of time  that they would be horrified,  distressed,  and traumatized  with all the events  that were about  to take place.     So,  in John 14:18,  we read Jesus’ words  of comfort  to the puzzled disciples.     Jesus said,

I will not leave you  as orphans;  I will come  to you.

And that came true.     Even though Jesus died,  the disciples were able  to see Him again  in His resurrected body.     But,  even better than that,  the Holy Spirit always lives  in the hearts  of all those  who love the Lord  and believe  in His words of promise  throughout the Bible.

People will always  have times  of sorrow and loneliness — times of great distress  and deep hurt.     But,  every Christian can be assured  that we are definitely  not forsaken.     God will provide  for our needs,  whether they be physical,  emotional,  or spiritual.

Remembering Jesus’ sure promise  to each and every one of us,  we can begin  to praise the Lord  for His lovingkindness,  mercy,  and power  to save us.     We can let God come  into our hearts  as we abide  in His word  and praise Him  for His salvation,  love,  and mercy.

Then,  in the peace  of knowing  that God has adopted us  as His own dear children,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You never have left me — even though I have often  left You.     Let Your love draw me  even closer  to Your heart.”

Love,
Margaret

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Praise is becoming  to the upright.
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They are ever praising Thee.
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So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
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Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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