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Are you there?

I feel so alone. 

What about me?

These are questions I hear again and again from people who are hurting and who desperately desire to feel their Heavenly Father’s love.  Many confess they have stopped praying because they are hurt or angry and deep down they believe they are unworthy of God’s love.

What they seem to not understand is that we don’t earn or merit God’s love, it is always there and freely given.  I believe, our Heavenly Father desperately wants all of His children to know He loves them unconditionally – Jesus Christ promises;

“I will not leave you comfortless.  I will come to you.” (John 14:18)

At a time in my life when I was going through something very difficult and felt unable to talk to anyone about it, I knelt and simply asked “Are you there? Do you love me?”  I felt a warm, burning feeling flood my body as if our Heavenly Father were wrapping his arms around me. I could hear him whisper, “Yes, I love you.” From that moment on, no one could ever tell me otherwise; no one could ever tell me there was no God. I knew he was real and I knew he loved me, because He told me so.

My heart aches when someone I know feels alone and doubts the very existence of God. I want them to know what I know –  to know it down to the deepest root of their being.  He lives and He loves them.

One of my favorite paintings by Greg Olsen depicts a young man sitting on a park bench with his bed roll near by,  also, seated on the bench is our Savior Jesus Christ.  The artist has appropriately named this painting, “Lost and Found.”

God sent His only begotten Son to provide a way back home to all His children.  

The artist explains the inspiration behind his beautiful painting

“I once received an email from a young man who expressed his discouragement at not being able to find many images of the Savior with teenagers.  He noted that he had seen many paintings depicting Christ with lovable little children, but rarely had he found his age group represented in such a setting.  This young man closed his message with these heartfelt words: “What about me?”  Many of us have probably asked a similar question. Who doesn’t love little children with all their precious innocence and charm?  But what about those of us that may not feel as lovable; those of us who may have struggled and lost our way, or who have wandered paths that have left us worn and doubting our worth?  Thankfully, Christ’s love carries no conditions and is extended in full measure, especially to those who feel lost and forgotten.”

When people feel wounded and alone and reach out to me for help – I know that if they could just feel God’s love for them, know He is there, that their perspective would change and peace would replace anguish.  I turn them to Christ, the master of life and hope.

I plead with you to PRAY, a simple and sincere prayer – don’t promise anything or even ask forgiveness for anything, simply ask;

“Are you there? “

“Do you love me?”

Knowing Heavenly Father is there and loves you builds confidence to move forward and in return to help others feel the same.

In a talk entitled “You Are My Hands”  by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, he states; “As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.”  We have hope.

“What about me?”

Pray. Ask. I testify He lives. He knows you. He loves you. Now let Him tell you.

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