Agape

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“God loved us before he made us; and his love has never diminished and never shall.” – Julian of Norwich

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Psalm 23:6

Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the LORD for endless days.

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Are you a glass half-empty or a glass half-full person?

Or, how about, are you a glass-half-filled-is-enough person?

Let’s face it, much of life is perspective.

It’s how you approach life.

How do you make meaning of it all?

I think the answers to these questions say a lot about whether we think this is a benevolent universe or a cold-hearted, brutal or even meaningless one.

Due to my Christian faith, I believe that the foundation of all that is…is Love.

As I often quote: “God is love” (1 John 4:8).

Jesus said if you know him then you would also know God (John 14:7).

Jesus demonstrated God’s ways in caring for the least of these and in standing up to those who misused their power.

He healed the sick and he ordered his followers to forgive always and to even love their enemies!

This means that God certainly forgives always and loves everyone!

I believe this because I have experienced this Love over and over when I least deserved it.

When you know you are loved despite your faults, then the fabric of the universe is Love.

If you anchor yourself in this belief, then even amidst the storms of life, you will have an inner calm.

Centering Prayer is very helpful in manifesting this inner calm in your life.

I also recommend looking for the thread of goodness and mercy in the happenings of your life and then journaling about them.

Review these things often.

Meeting with a spiritual director is also a great idea.

At every moment you can access the Love that is grounding all that is by turning inward.

Then you will be able to say confidently: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack” (Psalm 23:1).

And even when it seems you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, or one day when you literally are, you will be comforted (Psalm 23:4).

Because you will be quite familiar with the Goodness and Mercy that has always pursued you.

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Listen to the song of the day “God Is” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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