Love Lines

Give it a try. Write a love letter to God. Since it will be addressed to Him, no one else has to read it … unless you share it. Here are some that were shared in Children’s Love Letters to God:

“Dear God, I love you. How are you? Fine? I’m fine. My mother has five girls and one boy. I am one of them.” Nancy, age 6.

“Dear God, I think about you sometimes even when I’m not praying.” Elliott

“Dear God, I do not think anybody could be a better God. Well, I just want you to know but I am not saying that because you are God.” Charles. Smart kid.

“Dear God, I bet it is very hard to love all of everybody in the world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it.” Nan. Nod your head if you relate to Nan.

Love is hard sometimes. It seems from God’s point of view, that the Bible is a long story of the difficulty of loving and being loved. For example, the Old Testament prophet Hosea was married to a woman who was unfaithful. Gomer left her home and marriage and prostituted herself. God told heartbroken, embarrassed Hosea to reclaim his wife. “Go and get your wife again. Bring her back to you and love her.” Understandably, Hosea was stunned that God would ask such a thing from him. The prophet had to learn that love is hard sometimes.

There was a larger story in Hosea’s book. God was in effect saying to His prophet, “Now you know how I feel. Israel has rejected My love and sought other gods. They have turned from My ways to seek their own path – a path that will lead to devastation.”

You may have known the pain of rejection, of seeing someone you love take a wrong turn that leads to trouble. Love is hard sometimes.

The third parable in Luke 15 is the familiar story of two wayward sons – one who leaves home and drags the family name through the mud while one stays home and hardens his heart behind self-righteousness. The real story is about the Loving Father who welcomes the prodigal home and urges his older brother to do the same. The truth is, we have been both in our lifetimes and God loves us no matter what. Love is hard sometimes … but it beats any alternative!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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