Love is an amazing thing…
Love can give us hope in the darkest moments. Love gives us joy that surpasses all understanding. Love is also present in our tears. When we lose someone we care about, love is there. When our preschooler heads off to kindergarten, love is there… (Now if school is canceled because of Covid-19, I might become a little less sentimental about getting my preschooler out of the house. However, love does have incredible power! :)
Love allows us to experience empathy, and this is an incredible thing. Empathy allows us to love our neighbor in real ways, but this is not always easy. The same compassion that gives us joy also leads us into the hurts and sorrows of others.
In the Gospel of John 11:35-36, the Bible says Jesus grieved with his followers when someone he loved died:
Then the people said, “See how he loved him!”
I have always felt that this was a powerful verse… It shows how deeply Jesus loved his followers, and it shows how deeply He loves us. Christ’s love is not just some academic or theoretical thing. Jesus loves us in a meaningful way. There is no failure, fear, or disappointment that can separate us from God.
Today I hope you can all take a bit of time to trust the love God has given you. May you recognize that you are loved just as you are. May you also take time to let love break into your hearts. Let’s stop the judgment and open our hearts to something much bigger!