Week 4 of You are Loved has got me contemplating our fallen world: what it looks like, how it is visible everywhere we look, and wondering how we live with that terrible realisation and recognition of just how broken everything is.
I ended though with one thought; one word:
God is love
He made us out of his great love
He calls us to love
We are never more in tune with him than when we are loving
And so how do we respond to the brokeness? How do we survive it? How do we keep breathing?
Can we take time to rest in His great love, unfailing love; from which we draw strength and hope, peace and patience; so that we can love others? Not everyone, we can’t solve every pain and hurt, but we can love just one person, one situation at a time, as best we can. We can listen out for God’s voice leading us and showing us where and who to love in this moment. We may need to slow down, and perhaps do less than we might want to, but do do the right things well, the good works that he has prepared for us to do.
And that is hope, isn’t it?
I’m also learning that it is ok to sit with a bit of sadness. That may sound a strange thing to say. But I think I have spent most of my life hurrying on from those sad thoughts, looking for a reason to be happy, a reason everything is ok, because “I just want to be happy”. I am taking a baby step into being sad, and being ok with that. It feels strange, and scary; but honest and ok at the same time.