This is another of my devotionals published in an anthology titled Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. It is included in the section titled Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving.
When I want to thank God
for His love . . .
God’s love will continue forever.
—Psalm 52:1 NCV
This is what real love is: It is not our love for God;
it is God’s love for us in sending his Son to be
the way to take away our sins.
—1 John 4:10 NCV
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
[Jesus said] God so loved the world that he gave
his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.
We love Him because He first loved us.
—1 John 4:19 NKJV
. . . I will pray.
I don’t get it, Lord—why You love me, that is. I look myself over, and frankly, I must not be seeing what You see. I can’t understand it. But I’ve decided that I don’t need to understand it. Why, even the nature and logic of love between human beings is seldom knowable. That’s why I’ve determined just to accept it, to let Your love cover me, change me, energize me, make me special.
I’ve read in the Bible that You love me so much that You allowed Your Son, Jesus Christ, to accept the punishment for my sins. I can’t imagine giving up one of my children for anyone—even You. I guess that’s why You’re God and I’m just a mortal human being created in Your image and loved for Your own reasons.
Thank You, Father, for Your great love for me . . . and I want You to know that Your love won’t be scorned. I love You in return. With all of my human strength, I love You. With all of my human determination, I pledge my love to You. I don’t deserve Your love, Father, but You do deserve mine. I give it freely.
God does not love us because we are valuable.
We are valuable because God loves us.
—Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
[From Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. Copyright © 2006 Bordon-Winters LLC]