Just read the daily news . . . love is in short supply. Gun violence continues to assail us. The disdain among people with differing political opinions is rampant. There is a sense of homophobia, xenophobia, racism, and generally a hatred for people who are “not the same” as we are. We want it to be different. And yet, we feel helpless about how to make it so.
And then, even beyond societal hatred, there are individuals who feel discarded and unloved. There is nothing more devastating to the human spirit than to feel unloved. The Bible assures us that there is a love that is beyond all others in the book of Romans.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:37-39
God’s love or us is unending and eternal. When all about us is rife with hatred, we can rest in God’s gracious love, always. Blessed Julian of Norwich wrote these comforting words:
Our soul is so specially loved by a God, who is the highest,that it goes far beyond the ability of any creature to realize it . . . There is no creature who can realize how much, how sweetly, and how tenderly our maker loves us. And therefore, we can, with God’s grace and God’s help, stand in Spirit, gazing with endless wonder at this lofty, unmeasurable love.
Today, no matter what is going on around you, may you “gaze with endless wonder at God’s lofty, unmeasurable love.