‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8:38-39)

Life is not a test of your worth. No matter how you feel, no matter how far you’ve fallen, no matter how many times you’ve failed – you are worthy of love.

God wants you to be here. He wants you to be you. It can be easy to forget that, when all else is stripped away, life is a gift. We have breath and we have blood; sometimes that’s all we have, but it’s enough. The gaps in our lives are filled with grace.

So, even though we’re bombarded by bad news, other people’s holiday photos and adverts for the latest thing we should buy; even though we lose our jobs, people leave us and our dreams seem distant; even though we can feel pressed on all sides by anxiety, loneliness and despair; let’s cling fiercely to the fact that we are loved more than we can imagine.

Dear God,
Thank you for grace, for second chances, for new dawns. Thank you for your relentless, powerful, boundless love. Open my eyes Lord, that I might see more of your grace and love.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

Gideon Heugh, Tearfund