A Little More Love

Something that's come to the forefront of my attention recently is just how much the world needs to see and experience the love of Jesus.  There are a lot of things happening in the world right now, from controversial politicians to the refugee crisis to gun control issues to the sex trafficking epidemic and so on and so on, and it seems that there is just so much darkness surrounding us, making it easy to understand why people might be feeling a little — or a lot — hopeless.  And hopelessness, in a way, is like a disease.  It infects and spreads and wears people down, bit by bit until they can hardly see the light and goodness that are present in the world.

And living in the time that we do means, I think, that there's just a lot of confusion about who God is.  Is he cruel, judgmental, full of wrath, and if so, is that why the world is so dark and hard and evil?  Or is He loving, kind, and full of grace, because if that's true, where is that on display?  Plenty of people grow up or grew up in some form of the Church, learning about God and about Jesus.  Many "know" the basics, yet have chosen not to believe, and I really think that a choice like that — to not believe — may be two-fold: they see evil in the world, and can't bring themselves to believe in a God who would allow it (or "cause it" — another topic for another day); and/or they don't see God amongst the people who claim Him... which is a very huge and very real problem.

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A Story

     There is a girl, seeking to find love, worth and affirmation in all of the wrong places - the places in which the world says she will find them - yet she always comes out feeling even more empty, beat-up and alone than when she had entered.  Like Alice in that land of wonder, she seems to fall deeper and deeper down that rabbit hole, seeing and experiencing things that only temporarily relieve her of her utter pain and confusion, until she ultimately finds herself face-down on the floor in a dark, unfamiliar place.  Then a door which was previously unseen by the girl is unexpectedly opened to reveal a land, the likes of which she has never known before : a land of flowing waters, open fields, calming winds, and ever-present sunshine; where the birds of the air and the animals of the land roam freely and without constraint; where there is a sense of identity and family, endless love and grace.

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