Nearly every day, my son and daughter have this verbal exchange. I look at them in the eyes, usually holding them close, and say:
Question: “Never leave me?”
Question: “Always love me?”
This entire exchange is then repeated with my son or daughter beginning the exchange and my replying. It is a quaint exchange but it is comforting, especially during difficult moments. Our family is reminding one another that we always be there for each other.
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
God reminds us that He will never leave us or forsake us. Although we may intellectually know this, sometimes God does seem very distant, even to the point when we may wonder if He is even listening. But He is listening and goes before us and with us in whatever we do and wherever we may travel.
Never leave me and always love me. Only God can say this and always keep His promises.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.