I didn’t intend to write today. It’s late today, I will be so far down the list of blog hoppers, why bother? And yet, the word for 5-minute Friday is haunting me: cherish. Because for all the posts out there about happy relationships and loving moments, I know so many of you are not living them. This take on the word cherish is for you. If you love words and letting them flow freely so you and others can learn, join us at Lisa Jo’s today.
First reaction to the word cherish? Hallmark cards, loving families, marriages that last a lifetime. Then words, reminders of how God cherishes us enough to send his son. But sometimes, those are words and images are more of a slap in the face, a reminder of what you don’t have. Stories of being cherished can make you sick or angry if rejection surrounds you. Perhaps you have a father who can’t even remember your birthday. A husband who is more of a roommate than a soulmate. A womb that will not carry a child to full term. A child who has embraced the world’s rejection and sees no hope. Dear friends, I promise you are not the first to feel rejected in this way. You are not the first to watch rejection choke out hope in someone you love. You are not alone. There is hope. Fight to find that hope because the pain of rejection can suffocate, drive us to believe the lies of Satan who loves to advance the idea that no one cherishes us.
Stand firm sweet friends. Devout yourself to loving others and loving God. And once you become whole, convinced of your standing in God’s eyes, pray for your father, your husband, your broken children. Pray for God’s love to pour into your soul, their souls. Pray for a crack in their heart to realize that regardless of circumstance there is one who loves us without rejection. Pray that the love you feel for your father, your husband, your children, could be received through the crack that God’s love creates. Pray, sweet, friends. For rejection, belief that no one cherishes you, it can drive humans to life-taking acts.