I LOVE YOU!
Precious wounded misfits. Children who grew without that wind of love beneath your wings: I love you! I KNOW you! With your addictions and divorces and deaths and losses and scrappy, wounded tearful flesh and fitful nights and deep well of regrets…I recognize you. Know it is all only what you did with your sorrow. With the river of rage where the love should have been.
Even though we cannot say to ourselves “I love myself” …because we DON”T…we can turn our child’s face UP and believe our Lord, our father, our mother, our lover, our friend, when He says, over and over: I LOVE YOU! We can be His child, perfect and innocent in His loving eyes. Probably for the first time. Only time.
He never says “it’ll be easy.” He says “Hug my cross, share it with me.”
He never says “Look what you did wrong.” He says “Trust me, there’s a better way…hold My hand while we walk there.”
He never gave me a new car or winning lottery ticket or perfect health. He gave me what I needed all along: PERFECT LOVE. The one I don’t have to tap dance for. The one that never leaves or abuses or mistrusts or criticizes. The one I needed for so long. The one you need too.
GOD IS LOVE. And YOU are his CHILD!
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. I John 4:16
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5: 3-5
We love because he first loved us. I John 4:19
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. I John 3: 1-3