Close your eyes for a moment. Breathe in. Slow the world down, just for a second. Let yourself exist in the now—not in all the things you have to do or places you have to be—but right here.
I want you to know something. I want you to read these words and find comfort somewhere in the pit of your stomach. You will see so much pain in this life. You will find yourself face-down in the dirt time after time. You will lose people you love. You will want to just quit.
But in every trial, in every hardship, in every broken piece—you are not alone.
You do not walk this earth by yourself. You are not meant to fight battles solo, or to always count on your own strength to carry you through. Because sometimes you will not feel strong. Sometimes you will not be able to pick yourself up. Sometimes you will feel so tired, even lifting your head from the pillow is an accomplishment.
And on those hard days, I want you to know that someone is fighting for you. Someone has, and always will be fighting for you.
I want you to know that no matter where you wander, no matter what you face, no matter how happy or empty you feel inside, there is someone who is knocking at your front door, begging to be let in. He is standing there, open-armed, with a gift in His hands. He wants to share this gift with you, His son with you.
And He wants to carry you when you cannot carry yourself.
Please let Him in. Please open the door and show Him the mess of your life. Show Him every broken piece, shattered on the floor. Show Him your hurting heart, your aches, your bruises, your loss of trust. Show Him how scared you are to love again. Show Him that you’re angry and bitter because He took your loved ones too soon. Show Him that you’re sad and tired and lonely and scared. Show Him that you don’t want to face another day.
And let Him show you, you are loved.
Let Him reach for you and pull you into His embrace. Let Him wipe your tears and lift your burdens. Let Him strengthen your heart and show you the sun, the warmth, the light again. Let Him hold you until you stop shaking. Let Him soothe your anxieties and drown out your insecurities.
Let Him show you that you don’t have to be scared to live anymore. Because wherever you go and whatever you do, He will stand by your side.
You are not alone. You have never been alone.
Throughout all of your days, you have been loved by God. And even when you’ve chosen to run, even when you’ve relied on yourself and earthly devices rather than His grace, even when you’ve turned your back on His gift and shut that door, still He waits patiently. He waits for you to open it once again, and allow Him inside.
So let Him in. Open. Let His love to fill your heart. Know that no matter what the days bring you, there is a Protector watching over you. Know that in His light, you are found, loved, and whole.
And sit here, in this moment, in the now. Close your eyes, breathe in, and know you are not alone, not anymore, and not ever.