Getting ready to reopen and to embark on a new sense of normal; where face masks are the latest fashion accessories and hand sanitizer is a daily staple. Reopening costs something. Staying home with limited access to loved ones and things that we all enjoy doing, like going out to dinner and a movie just to remain safe, it costs something. In 2nd Samuel 24, we get to see one of the final glimpses of King David and the Lord’s relationship as King David’s life wines down. This relationship has stemmed from the entirety of King David’s life. In this chapter, the Lord is allowing King David to choose his punishment, to which King David states in verse 14, “I’m in a desperate situation! David replies to Gad. But let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great. Do not let me fall into human hands.” For each cause, there is an equal reaction, and I think that many of us would agree with King David’s choice to stick with God even in a season of punishment. Some of the greatest gifts we have received from our Father is His mercy, love, and understanding. Our lives cost something, the blood of Jesus, God gave His only begotten son for us. A life walking with Christ brings true freedom. The understanding that the cost that was paid for our salvation was love. As believers, we are willing to maintain the course until our journey ends because of the cost that was paid. We will not always get it right, let me be honest sometimes I will fail and even fall in my walk with Christ, I am however not willing to give up because that cost for me at this stage in my life is too high. I want to encourage someone today to stay the course, things may look bleak you may feel far away from Christ, it may even seem like you are in a season of punishment, remember the cost. Remember that it cost something for you to be here, remember that love was the ultimate price that was paid for you. When all hope seems lost, the fact that you woke up, means that God still has a plan and purpose for your life. Remember that to God King David was born a King, although, he walked this world in human form as a shepherd, a fugitive, an adulterer, a father, a husband, a warrior, a man after God’s own heart, a psalmist, and played many other roles in his lifetime including my all-time favorite the imperfect human being; however, to God he was a King. To God, we are all Kings and Queens, walking out our daily lives with the many roles or humanistic titles we hold. In all moments of life, remember Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” The Lord uses many methods to reach His Kings and Queens, one of His methods is using us to reach out to one other. He speaks through us, as He speaks through me today, let me say I am imperfect, some may say I am not a real believer, by whatever standard they use to judge, but that will not stop me from telling you. That wherever you are today, reading this that God Loves you. Your life is valuable. Your life costs something, the Precious Blood of Jesus, which equals true love.