Do you know that God loves you? Oh sure, everyone tosses the phrase around so much that it’s become some trite saying. I see these bumper stickers with “Jesus loves you” or “God loves you” all the time. Generally, I just go, “Big deal.” However, God really believes you are the most wonderful thing God has ever seen. It doesn’t matter what you look like, whether you’re young or old, light or dark, tall or short or any other criteria you can dream up. None of that matters to God. God is in love with you – in a very deep, unconditional love with you. Yes! – you. It’s almost too good to believe. But believe it, God loves you. How can this be? Just read the Bible. Over the course of thousands of years, God has reached out to humankind to let us know that we are loved. Jesus’ whole ministry can be boiled down to a simple statement, “God loves you and I love you too.”
The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said that the love of God can be seen in the face of other people. I see this all the time. God’s love shows through all sorts of people. Of course there are times when it’s a little harder to see than other times. But God’s love is always there.
Some people have asked me why I’m so happy all the time. Well it’s because I’m loved. I’m loved by God so deeply that words cannot describe it. When you think of it, who couldn’t be happy? My prayer is that you are happy as well. Because above all things - God truly, deeply, completely, loves you – no matter what.
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!