HIS LOVE SUR­ROUNDS US

Simple Grace - - You’re Never Alone -

“Af­ter my di­vorce, I felt like I was drown­ing in hu­mil­i­a­tion and lone­li­ness…I’d never felt more lost. I no longer fit in with my mar­ried friends, I didn’t feel young enough for the ‘sin­gles scene’ and I couldn’t stand see­ing happy cou­ples ev­ery­where I went. So day af­ter day, I just went to work and came home.

“I’d make one de­tour ev­ery other week to the gro­cery store, and even that had of­ten been agony. One Sun­day as I pushed the cart up and down the aisles, I kept see­ing women pick­ing out Easter bas­kets for their chil­dren or buy­ing dye for eggs. It was like salt be­ing rubbed on an open wound, re­mind­ing me I’d failed at the most im­por­tant re­la­tion­ship in my life, and now I’d never have those things.

“Sud­denly, I couldn’t hold back my tears any­more and was about to aban­don my cart when a woman came by with a lit­tle girl hold­ing a sweet toy lamb. The girl smiled and gave the lamb’s tummy a squeeze and it be­gan to sing ‘Je­sus Loves Me.’ She hugged it close, beam­ing, then handed it to me. ‘You keep him,’ she said in a cheer­ful voice. ‘Je­sus loves you too!’

“At first I was shocked at such a dis­play of open­hearted kind­ness, then com­fort and peace flowed over me like a wa­ter­fall. I hadn’t failed at the most im­por­tant re­la­tion­ship in my life…Je­sus loves me un­con­di­tion­ally—that’s the most im­por­tant love of all.”

—Karen West, 37, San An­to­nio

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