Good Afternoon, God!
The scriptures tell us that You are Love . . . and that fills me with joy. The word also tells us that “we love because God first loved us.”
You LOVE us . . . just as we are. And just today — as I was pondering how to sequence what I am to say about forgiveness — it came to me that LOVE is a much fuller word that I had imagined! Please correct me if I am mistaken, God, but it seems to me that ALL of Your Blessings and Riches are included in Your Love. That means that love is far more definitionally replete than I had ever imagined.
Ah, well, here I am a true librarian wanting to define and clarify. As if we humans could define You! You have had to stretch me a lot just to get my old understanding of love into me. I clearly need more stretching, God! But, at least I am dimly sensing that to say — You are Love — is to say far more than we yet comprehend.
It is like when Jesus tells the paralyzed man that his sins are forgiven — and the scribes are upset by that. Jesus looks at them and says Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? To me that statement conflates forgiving and healing. And, I guess, God, that in You Forgiving and Healing are woven together.
And aren’t they intertwined with Love, also? When we small humans open ourselves to receive Your Love — let it be, that we are also opening to Your Forgiveness and Your Healing!