When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3: 14-19)
A funeral was held at Walgrave church last week. Several members of the family spoke alone or sang alone during the service of remembrance. They found it difficult to complete their tasks. There were several pauses to wipe away tears, to compose themselves once again, and to finish the words they were speaking about the departed.
Deep feeling of love given or love received can stop us in our tracks. Our hands become clammy, our voices tremble, our eyes swell with tears, our hearts pound.
Love is not something that you can touch with your hand, nor taste in your mouth, not scent through your nose. Neither is it something that you can hear, nor see with your eyes.
Love is a yearning that is felt, felt deeply within the heart. A yearning that is highly attentive to the well-being of others.
God loves each one of us, so much that he has sent his Son to sacrifice his life for us. God wants nothing more than that each one of us should choose to become part of his heavenly family and to share his love with our families and friends.
God sent Jesus so that we know this to be true. We can allow ourselves to know God’s love for us.
When we truly understand that, we too may experience physical symptoms. We may find that we become weak at the knees, and kneel down before him in gratitude.
Thank you that you love me, whatever I do.
May I enjoy a spring in my step
And the inner peace that arises from knowing
that we are never separated.