“After my divorce, I felt like I was drowning in humiliation and loneliness…I’d never felt more lost. I no longer fit in with my married friends, I didn’t feel young enough for the ‘singles scene’ and I couldn’t stand seeing happy couples everywhere I went. So day after day, I just went to work and came home.
“I’d make one detour every other week to the grocery store, and even that had often been agony. One Sunday as I pushed the cart up and down the aisles, I kept seeing women picking out Easter baskets for their children or buying dye for eggs. It was like salt being rubbed on an open wound, reminding me I’d failed at the most important relationship in my life, and now I’d never have those things.
“Suddenly, I couldn’t hold back my tears anymore and was about to abandon my cart when a woman came by with a little girl holding a sweet toy lamb. The girl smiled and gave the lamb’s tummy a squeeze and it began to sing ‘Jesus Loves Me.’ She hugged it close, beaming, then handed it to me. ‘You keep him,’ she said in a cheerful voice. ‘Jesus loves you too!’
“At first I was shocked at such a display of openhearted kindness, then comfort and peace flowed over me like a waterfall. I hadn’t failed at the most important relationship in my life…Jesus loves me unconditionally—that’s the most important love of all.”
—Karen West, 37, San Antonio