Daily Reading: Revelation 2:1–11

You have forsaken your first love. (Rev. 2:4)

I remember being young and in love. My fiancé was in the navy and stationed at a base eight hundred miles away. I’d race home from work to check the mail for the letter he promised to send me every day. I’d read and reread his words and then daydream for hours of being together again. Absence did make my heart grow fonder!

Forty-eight years later we’re together 24/7. And I’m still in love! Although my heart no longer pounds when he enters the room and I confess I don’t always hang on my husband’s every word, being together has made my love for him grow stronger and deeper.

I’m grateful for the “love letters” God has sent me in the pages of my Bible. When I make time to read His letters, He is faithful to give me just the words I need. But sometimes I get too busy. I take for granted that His letters will be there waiting when I have time to read them. Although He is with me 24/7, I allow other things to get in the way of spending time with Him.

Slowly and subtly my relationship with God can become distant. The love I felt when I first met Him can grow cold unless I stop and listen to His Spirit drawing me back into fellowship with Him.

Make time with the Lord a priority today.

Marlene Bagnull is a wife, mother, and grammy to three youngsters who live two blocks away.