His Forever

This Christmas Eve will mark twenty-eight years since my then boyfriend asked me to marry him. I’ll never forget being in my parents home in Georgetown, KY. We were sitting in front of the fireplace (where else?) when he reached into his pocket and pulled out my engagement ring and place it on my finger and asked my to marry him. It was so romantic, so perfect, and I was so happy with the thought that in six months I would become his wife and belong to him. I loved introducing Dale as “my fiancé”. He was mine! Woo hoo!

There’s something special about belonging to someone and knowing they are also yours. It’s wonderful with a mate, but the thought of belonging to the God of the universe and also knowing that He is mine is even more precious. Psalm 67:6 says, “Then shall the earth yield her increase, and God, even our own God, shall bless us.” When I read that this morning I thought how wonderful to be able to say, “My own God.” He’s not removed from me and distant; He is my own God! That means that what I experience today He is there. What concerns me concerns Him. The power I need to live the Christian life is here because He is mine. That comforts my heart and gives me strength to move on today.

The following hymn is a favorite of mine. Read the words and let them encourage you today. If you are a child of God, you are His and He is yours!

I Am His and He is Mine
Loved with everlasting love, led by grace that love to know;
Gracious Spirit from above, Thou hast taught me it is so!
O this full and perfect peace! O this transport all divine!
In a love which cannot cease, I am His, and He is mine.
In a love which cannot cease, I am His, and He is mine.

His forever, only His; Who the Lord and me shall part?
Ah, with what a rest of bliss Christ can fill the loving heart!
Heav’n and earth may fade and flee, firstborn light in gloom decline;
But while God and I shall be, I am His, and He is mine.
But while God and I shall be, I am His, and He is mine.
Words: George W. Ro­bin­son, 1876.
Music: Ev­er­last­ing Love, James Mount­ain, 1876

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