[the Love]

[the Love]

It was a post that I have written seven years ago, but as I re-read it this morning (courtesy of “On This Day” Facebook feature, which reminds you what you posted years ago on this day), it still made sense.

(Written originally on December 29, 2008, at 4:29 am)

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I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:38-39)

I don’t remember if I mentioned yet (I think I did, but my memory’s not so good lately), one of my friends is writing a book. He and his family were missionaries in Kyiv way back in the beginning of 90s when the Church of the Nazarene was just a baby here in Ukraine.

The book’s called Runaway Pastor and you can find my friend’s blog (as well as first 7 chapters of the actual book) here.

One of my favorite excerpt from that book is mentioned in the latest post of his.

“Talk to me about your faith, Trent.”

She followed his eyes as he looked out over the sea and the moon, and toward the stars. “Love made all of this. Love so intense it reaches out to you and me and says ‘love me back!’ And I do. I love Love back. And Carman—that woman we met today lying on the street—has been so unloved, that Love begged me to love her. So I did.”

“That’s…that’s beautiful. I think. Does this love have a name or a religious circle where it hangs out?” Kim asked.

“I think Love’s name is Jesus. And I’m not sure where He hangs out anymore.”

Such beautiful description and so to the point. Spoken by the man who knows what Love is and who Love is.

The Love. Most of us are familiar with the passage from 1 John 4:8: “God is Love.”

What amazes me about this Love is that it’s (He’s) always there. Although so often I don’t understand His Love, it certainly is humbling to know He’s willing to love me even when I am not at my best.

And even though I sometimes wander away, thinking I can do things on my own, I come back into His arms and, man, does it feel good to be back.

“It won’t be long now, he’s on the way; he’ll show up most any minute.”
(Hebrews 10:38, MSG)

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This post is based on the book a friend of mine wrote called Runaway Pastor. (You can read my review here and get the book here.)

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