How Long has it Been?

By Kathy Pollard

What is it about the holidays that feels so bittersweet?  “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” And yet, if you’ve lived long enough, this time of year can be a little hard on your heart.  If you are missing loved ones, the sentimental tunes on the radio flood you with precious memories.  If you have strained relationships with family members, you’re thinking back to happier times before whatever-it-is happened.  If you’ve experienced a big change in your life, you find yourself longing for the way things used to be.  Whatever it is, sometimes this time of year can give you a bit of the blues.  I know you’re doing your best anyway to make others happy.  That’s the right thing to do, and focusing on others always bring real joy (Phil. 2:1-4).  Keep up the good work!  But here’s a little something for you…a gift from God, if you will, from His heart to yours.

“How long has it been since you talked with the Lord
And told Him your heart’s hidden secrets?
How long since you prayed,
How long since you stayed on your knees ’til the light shone through?
How long has it been since your mind felt at ease,
How long since your heart knew no burden?
Can you call Him your Friend, how long has it been
Since you knew that He cares for you?

How long has it been since you knelt by your bed
And prayed to the Lord up in heaven?
How long since you knew that He’d answer you,  and would
Keep you the long night through?
How long has it been since you woke with the dawn
And felt that the day’s worth the living?
Can you call Him your Friend, how long has it been
Since you knew that He cares for you?”

(Mosie Lister)

We sang this in worship last Sunday and the words have been with me all week.  No matter the loss, burden, or regrets, it is enough that He cares.  It is more than enough that He cares!  Think about that when you’re feeling a little lonely.  The One who knows what you’ve been through and what you’re going through is still with you, and that is something that will never change.  How long has it been since you (really) knew that He cares for you?  Let this truth strengthen every smile you offer this season.

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us

(1 John 4:16)

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Author: Kathy Pollard

I'm a Christian woman, happily married to my best friend, Neal. We have 3 teenage sons, Gary, Dale, and Carl. Neal preaches for the Bear Valley church of Christ in Denver, CO. We love the Lord and His church! We pray that we will live in such a way as to have true success: to have our family spend eternity together in Heaven, and to take as many people with us as we can.

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