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Lent, day 4

posted Mar 4, 2017, 8:56 AM by John Garland

    We are constantly being manipulated to feed our hunger for love with other things: praise, things, power, sensation, accomplishment. “Ha,” it seems the devil says to Jesus in the desert, “prove that you are loved!”  You don’t have to prove it.  You do have to filter out many loud voices to hear God’s voice saying, “I knit you together, I know everything about you, because I love you now, and I will love you beyond your life too.”

 

    Henri Nouwen wrote about reclaiming our belovedness:

    “Once we relate to death as a familiar friend instead of a threatening enemy, we will be able to shed many doubts and fears, face our mortality, and live in the freedom and knowledge that we are God’s beloved sons and daughters.  Though I have known this to be true for many years, I have to reclaim the truth of my belovedness from time to time.

    “Our fear of illness, death, and the future takes away our freedom and gives our society the power to manipulate us with threats and promises.  When we reach beyond our fears to the One who loves us with an everlasting love, then oppression, persecution, and even death are unable to control us.  All forms of evil, illness, and death lose their final power over us.  We come to the deep inner knowledge—a knowledge of the heart more than of the mind—that we are born out of love and will die into love, that every part of our being is deeply rooted in love, and that nothing can separate us from this love of God”

 

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.

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