“Love frees us to embrace all of our history, the history in which all things are being made new.” – Rob Bell
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The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.
Life is full of ups and downs.
We experience the spectrum of emotions.
It seems to be part of the deal.
So, let’s not look at sorrow as bad and joy as good.
It’s all part of the human experience.
We’re meant to partake in all of it.
As St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is (the human) fully alive.”
Jesus is the revelation of God in flesh.
And Jesus experienced life to the full.
He said that he was accused of being a glutton and a drunkard as well as being a friend of tax collectors and sinners (Luke 7:34).
But Jesus did not abuse these things or become attached to anything.
He said he had nowhere to rest his head (Luke 9:58).
Jesus spent time with the hurting and the outcast.
He declared that his mission was to bring glad tidings to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and to let the oppressed go free (Luke 4:18).
If you are struggling, know this: The Love that is energizing the universe is holding you.
Jesus showed us by the cross and resurrection that death is not the end but a doorway to new life.
As St. Paul put it, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Jesus said that everything that God gave him will come to him.
And then he said, “I will not reject anyone who comes to me” (John 6:37).
The roads we travel in life may be winding, but we are promised that they all will lead us safely home.
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Remember: God loves you!