Borrowed Gifts

No matter how positive and hopeful you are you have to acknowledge that this pandemic has significantly impacted the normalcy of the previous  life style of most people. You may have had to change your regular routines. Maybe you’re an outdoor person having to get used to staying in more. Some of those changes can cause a little discomfort because it’s not our preference. However, I know that some have experienced changes and losses that have impacted them in a tremendous way. Some people have lost their jobs, some are struggling not to lose their homes, and some have even lost precious loved ones. My goal today is to help bring comfort to those that have experienced loss and especially those who have lost loved ones.

 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning.” James‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭ASV‬‬

Life is truly a precious gift from God. “Thus saith God Jehovah, he that created the heavens, and stretched them forth; he that spread abroad the earth and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:” Isaiah‬ ‭42:5‬ ‭ASV‬‬. “The earth is Jehovah’s, and the fulness thereof; The world, and they that dwell therein ”Psalms‬ ‭24:1‬ ‭ASV‬‬. The previously stated verses lets us know that everything belongs to God even our loved ones. Our loved ones are precious gifts from God that are lent to us for a time. Think about a valuable item borrowed or lent to you from a dear friend. Let’s say for example, your friend lent you a precious stone like a “diamond” for example, and told you that they would return to get it one day but you weren’t exactly told when that day would come. How would you treat this precious diamond? Would you try to keep it in a safe place to protect it? Would you make sure that it stayed clean and polished? When your friend returned for the diamond would you try to make sure that it was in excellent condition? Most of you would answer, “Yes” to most of the questions listed previously. I’m sharing with you the analogy God gave to me to bring me comfort during times of mourning. God let me know that my loved one was not my own and that they belonged to him and they were only lent to me for an appointed time. Some of you may be hurting, grieving, having feelings of guilt, or regret concerning your loved ones. Maybe you don’t understand “why?” Or “why now?” Many of us don’t understand these things. It isn’t always meant for us to understand everything, but instead we should trust in the Lord in all things.“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬.  Maybe you realized how precious your loved one was, much like the precious stone in the previously given analogy and you treated them like they were priceless but it still hurts, there is hope for you I encourage you to pray and ask Jesus for his help. “Jehovah is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, And saveth such as are of a contrite spirit” Psalms‬ ‭34:18‬ ‭ASV‬‬ . “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” Psalms‬ ‭46:1‬ ‭ASV‬‬. Maybe, you feel that you didn’t do everything that you should have done towards your loved one and that hurts more than anything. There is hope for you, ask God for his forgiveness and in doing so, God will forgive you and give you his peace. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.” John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭ASV‬‬ “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” Matthew‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬.

It is my prayer that this post brings comfort to the hearts of the readers. May God keep you and bless you in Jesus name. Amen.

“O Jehovah my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.” Psalms‬ ‭30:2‬ ‭ASV‬‬




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