Keep your head up, my love
I don’t blame ya’ dear for running like you did,
all these years.
I would do the same, you best believe
and the highway signs say we‘re closed,
but I don’t read those things anymore
I never trusted my own eyes
- From the song, “Stubborn Love” by the Lumineers
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 8:35-39, TNIV
I’m not sure where you are as you read this blog. But I want to share OUTSTANDING news: God is madly in love with you. This Love is stubborn and pursues you no matter where you are in life at this moment and every moment. Feel the embrace of this Love. You have a God who does not close the door on you. A God who understands you…even if you cannot understand this mysterious God! A God who says “yes” to you, even if you say “no” to the Life that is yours in God. A God who created YOU out of Love, a God who redeemed YOU out of Love, and a God who carries YOU out of love!
As we approach Easter and the promise of new beginnings…of celebrating God’s loving flow that overcomes all obstacles, even death, I cannot help but to be consumed with this Love that God has for us and how this God demonstrates that Love through the community of faith that surrounds us and the “God encounters” we experience while engaging with our neighbors.
God’s Love is all around you and flowing in and through YOU! May you experience that Love as your hearts and ears are opened to the new creation that comes through a very stubborn and steadfast Love!
It is my hope that you can come and be an active participant in some community of faith on Easter Sunday or celebrate in some way this amazing love that God has for you…and not only on this day, but on each and every day! Together we can be a strong “communion” exhibiting God’s loving Presence in our lives and in each others’ lives!
Christ has Risen!