The only love that won’t disappoint you is one that can’t change, that can’t be lost, that is not based on the ups and downs of life or of how well you live. It is something that not even death can take away from you. God’s love is the only thing like that.
—  Tim Keller, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

the devil finds me on the side of the highway with a purple dress and a backpack full of bad intentions. my mouth is bloody and my heels are breaking. he says he doesn’t know what to think about hands like mine.

it gets darker and warmer and i feel like the constellations are tearing themselves apart. we dance all night and my mother calls me little blasphemy but i don’t listen anymore.

in the morning i say i want to get better but he says i feel like home. want is an ugly word for girls like me.

—  GOD, FORSAKEN (ii) || s.o.


May I

Dear God whenever there is darkness
may I be only a guiding light to shine
a song of empathy waiting to be sung
a tender truth both subtle and sublime

Finding a lost soul in need of kindness
may I deliver words too rarely spoken
be a healing balm for tear filled eyes
a new heart wherever one is broken

When a weary soldier is far from home
may I say to him You hear his prayers
be a reminder he never walks alone
and even if he’s afraid someone cares

Should I happen upon a child weeping
may I promise their joy will be returned
and to the far too many wandering lost
be a bridge they feared long ago burned 

When you find yourself thinking about the way things used to be, back when everything seemed to be on track, and then, you start to feel like you’re missing something again, remember that you have been in the presence of God the entire time.

If you thought you were in love, completely captivated by someone who made you feel like you were the only person in the world, and feeling like maybe, this is the one who can make you feel alive again, all along, it was the Lord who was actually breathing life into you. Whether the relationship spiraled into something beautiful or it fell apart, either way, God was with you, carrying you.

If you were finally content with your new city, your new job or something else, and then, plans were interrupted by unforeseen circumstances, God didn’t just appear when everything started to go south. He was there when things good and when things were great. He was there in every moment leading up to the tipping point and every moment after.

If you thought the year was off to a great start, and then, various circumstances started to interfere with your plans, God was and is still in your midst. Leading and guiding you.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love…” - Zephaniah 3:17

God isn’t just in your midst when things are terrible nor just when things are great. He is there all the time. And the more you begin to embrace this, the more you you will begin to embrace the reality that because of Him, you are never alone. No matter how left you side, no matter what opportunities have fallen out of your grip, and no matter what has broken your heart, your Father in Heaven loved you enough to make sure that you were never empty or alone. This is why He sent His son Jesus Christ, so that we could embrace this truth in our daily lives. This is why, through that relationship with Christ we have been given the Holy Spirit, so that we are more aware of His Presence being felt on a daily basis. You are never alone. God is always with you. Embrace His Presence through the good, bad, and loneliness.

Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo