March 29, 2007

We are loved

"Love one another as I have loved you/Care for each other, I have cared for you/Bear each other's burdens, bind each other's wounds/and so you will know my return."

We are a broken people. Those of us who choose to stay open to love must also occasionally dwell in pain, hurt and grief. People disappoint us, fling words like knives, betray us. But we don't shut down, become bitter and isolate ourselves. No, in that very moment we must reach out in all our vulnerability and trust again. In doing this, we bear witness to the return of Christ, the return of the Spring, rebirth, renewal. Remember always that our God sent God's son to experience all the pain that we endure in our lives -- and was betrayed with a kiss. Our God is a God of empathy, and forgiveness. We are so loved, so unconditionally loved.

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