Little child, my precious girl, your heart is sad because your friends whom you love have to return to their overseas home. You don’t understand. You just want to be with them all the time!

Little child, my precious girl, I know. You love them. Love hurts, doesn’t it? It rips out your heart, when you least expect it. It tears you apart inside when it seems no one else is watching.

But little child, my precious girl, I see. And I want you to not give up on that love you have, even though it’s making you hurt right now. The temptation is to give up on love when it hurts, to silence it, numb it, don’t do it again. But little child, my precious girl, don’t ever give up on love. Because even though love hurts, it is also a bedrock you can bank on. Let me explain.

Little child, my precious girl, we don’t know when we will see our friends again, do we? That’s what makes this so hard! But here’s a question for you: do your friends love you? Is there any doubt in your mind? No, they’ve made it absolutely clear that we matter to them, they’ve made us a priority to be with in their limited time here.

Do you know what that means, my little child, my precious girl? It means you can count on seeing them again the next time. We don’t need to know when that is, because we know that they love us, and whenever it is, we can be assured they will make us a priority again. We can trust in their love for us.

Do you know it is the same with Jesus? We don’t know when we will see Him again. But we can count on it because He loves us, He made us a priority, and He cemented that reality by dying for us — you can’t love someone more than that. So we can be assured that when He comes again, He will make us a priority again.

Little child, my precious girl, trust in love, even when it hurts, because it also gives you confidence and hope like nothing else. Especially when that love is from a perfect, sinless, all-powerful God.