"Jesus loves you. and daddy and i love you."
and every night she asks me to say it "one more time." and, i do. however, last night, after the second time, she stretched out her little arm and wrapped it around my neck saying, "snuggle with me a minute."
and as i nuzzled my nose into the side of her head and breathed deep the magic of her love, the world stopped. all that mattered was being close to my daughter and soaking in this moment that i knew in a blink of an eye would be a distant memory. so as i struggled to etch this instant into my forever dreams, i felt the invitation to "snuggle" into God.
as i struggle with all the emotions that go with the territory of having a loved one with a chronic, life-altering illness, i need reminders to "snuggle" into Him and rest. i spend a lot of time busy taking care of the day-to-day things which occupies my mind. when i have quiet moments i occupy my mind with mindless activities so as to not engage in my own pain. but i often feel the invitation... to acknowledge my pain and snuggle into God's presence, letting His nearness comfort me. sometimes i accept. and those moments are the moments that give hope to today.
may your unfailing love be my comfort.... psalm 119:76