Love That Doesn’t Leave

Psalm 136
 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
4 to him who alone does great wonders,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
5 to him who by understanding made the heavens,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
7 to him who made the great lights,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
8 the sun to rule over the day,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew[a] Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
17 to him who struck down great kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
I worked as a camp counselor for five summers and cried every time campers left. I just hate saying goodbye to people. I’m a huge sap, and it hurts me to distance myself from relationships in which I deeply invest, even if I’ve known them for just a week or two. When the reality that I won’t be with these kids forever and ever hits me, it hurts. I invest so deeply in my relationships that transitions are always painful.
God’s been bringing Psalm 136 to mind. Every other line states that “His faithful (or steadfast or loyal) love endures forever.” The Hebrew word for “faithful love” is “chesed,” which is defined as favor. It is used in reference to keeping covenants, and frequently translated as kindness or loyalty. Psalm 136 tells the story of Israel’s creation, redemption, and salvation, and continually reiterates the persistence of God’s favor. The psalm reminds them that His character does not change and that His love isn’t leaving. 
Courtesy of Kristina Alexanderson #extra from her project CClones 2011 Alternative version of this picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalexanderson/5993885314/ You can see more of her pics with troopers on Twitter | Facebook | The troopers adventures of 2012 | CClones 365 2011 The blog

Courtesy of Kristina Alexanderson #extra from her project CClones 2011
Alternative version of this picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalexanderson/5993885314/
You can see more of her pics with troopers on Twitter | Facebook | The troopers adventures of 2012 | CClones 365 2011
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We repeat things that are important. When I meet someone, I try to repeat their name a few times so that I will remember it. Repetition helps transfer information from our short term memory to our long term memory; it helps data stick in our brains.
When I experience flaky friendships, it can be easy to forget the enduring love of the Lord. I process abuse and can’t wrap my head around a persistently good God. In a world where the strongest survive and the powerful prey on the weak, mercy seems like a silly idea. But this psalm tell us over and over again that God’s mercy is steadfast.
Psalm 136 encourages me to look over my story and realize that, if I read between the lines, I see His faithful love, consistent mercy, and loyal goodness lavished on me. He’s not going anywhere, so I don’t have to worry about the pain of transitioning out of this relationship. He stays. Forever.

Written by Rebecca Wineland

Rebecca Wineland

Becca spends her days changing diapers, playing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” on the ukulele, and stubbornly pursuing her dream of starting a teen mentoring program. She’s a recent DC transplant with a love for laughter and a passion for prayer.

About Rebecca Wineland

Becca spends her days changing diapers, playing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” on the ukulele, and stubbornly pursuing her dream of starting a teen mentoring program. She’s a recent DC transplant with a love for laughter and a passion for prayer.

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