God’s Thoughts to Me
I no longer call you slaves, because a master does not confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me (John 15:14, NLT).
Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then He pointed to His disciples and said, “Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!” (Matthew 12:48-50, NLT).
My Friend, My Brother
In 1969 Bob Russel, who was dying of cancer of the lymph nodes, and Bobby Scott met in person only three times.
That was enough for these two guys to write the beautiful ballad, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. It was released the same year by the Hollies and topped the charts in both the UK and the USA.
There was a time when I was totally bowed over by all the baggage of my past, desperately ill and totally alone.
It will suffice to say that I was totally, as in really totally, alone and rejected by even my disbelieving husband and children.
Yet, my spirit was soaring on the wings of the Wind. He gently carried me, cradling me against His breast, while whispering softly to my heart, “You ain’t heavy, dear one, you are mine!”.
When I was truly groveling in the mud of sin and self-contempt, with only a few hungry pigs as company, I could hear His words of comfort and love.
Not long ago I asked Him why He was so close to me when everyone else was looking down on me with utter disgust because of my incredible load of sin.
He gently informed me that He saw my heart, He knew my pain, He heard my cries for help.
Besides, He was in the business of binding up the broken hearted, setting the captives free and seeking and saving the lost.
He reminded me that He is my friend who is closer than a brother … a bridegroom giving His life for His bride … a God who is far above and beyond the ability of mankind to fathom.
He is close to the suffering … He never leaves them, nor forsakes them … He is the Friend of sinners … He carries them close to His heart … He envelopes them in His Loving Embrace.
Much love XX