For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
It's a common verse of scripture, a favorite of many, and a comfort to those who are discouraged. I didn't go looking for it, but it keeps showing up lately. It's on one of the giant banners gracing the room where I've been meeting with a friend for Community Bible Study. That's when it first caught my eye, but, not wanting to claim what wasn't mine, I brushed it off. But of all the 31,102 verses in the Bible, it continues to show up.
a lot of anger and sadness in my heart lately, so it is comforting to know that I have a Father in heaven who still reaches out to touch my heart. I have a God who brushes away the tears and thinks thoughts of peace toward me, even when I am feeling so very far from where I want to be. I am not alone.