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I Samuel 1:10 ” In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord.”

Over the course of my career as a nurse I have witnessed death first hand.  I have comforted countless families as they maneuver through the  uncharted territory of fear, sorrow, and unspeakable anguish.  But I’ve also realized that it doesn’t get any easier with a lot of experience.  Death of a loved one is a heart crushing encounter full of very personal suffering.   And a few weeks ago, I still found myself asking, “Why Lord?”,  when a young wife and mother was taken from her two small boys and husband on Christmas Eve.  But it’s then, I must remind myself that just because my prayers weren’t answered like I wanted,  doesn’t mean that God somehow made a mistake.

II Peter 3:9 ” The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

God is not hesitating out of uncertainty…it’s not from indecision either that He has held off judging the world.  No, it’s because of the Lord’s long-suffering grace and mercy that He delays the Judgment Day.   For in  I Timothy 2:4 it tells us, “God our Savior, Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”   Our Lord wants no one to perish, but all to come to the saving reality of Jesus Christ…but neither will God wait forever.

Hebrews 2:9 ” But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.”

Jesus died for you.  He experienced the stark reality of dying… for you.  In II Corinthians 5:15 it says that Jesus died for all…and that includes you.  Have you ever given thought to the profound notion that the Savior of the world died for you…just you?  No matter where you are in life…no matter where your walk is right now…remember,  Jesus loves you enough to have suffered unspeakable horror  and death… just for you.