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By Pastor Calvary Callender

Have you ever had your love rejected? Her name was Lilly. I met Lilly for the first time when I was in 9th grade. I will never forget the first time she walked through the doors and all the guys stopped to stare and the conversation started about who was going to ask her out first. My methods were subtle but were most often effective.

I befriended Lilly and we became great friends. We did a lot of things together, talked on the phone all the time, hung out and ate together. Finally, one day I decided to ask her to be my girlfriend. I took it as a foregone conclusion that she couldn't say anything but yes. I will never forget the way I felt when she laughed and said, "Silly, we are just friends." Oh how my heart broke.

Truth be told, God had bigger and better plans for my life and brought me and my wife Ceresa together. The best way to say it is that I believe I have punted outside my coverage. But, oh, the pain of rejected love! I think this must have been how Jesus felt sometimes. Luke records Jesus as saying, "Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!" It pains me to think that we have, at times, rejected Jesus' love. Today, Jesus invites you to run under his wings of safety and warmth.

There is a perception in society today that who you've been determines if God loves you or not. This is one of the greatest misconceptions around today. No matter who you are or what you've done, He has never stopped loving you.

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