November 09, 2008
Just wanted to tell you on this Lord's Day that "Jesus loves you". You know, I used to think that sounded really passé. Then I heard this preacher who had nearly lost his faith give a sermon on how he found it again... and the phrase took on a whole new meaning for me.
On an island where he went to reflect, he was caught in a storm alone. The tide prevented his escape to the mainlands so he hid under a rock outcropping in the pounding rain. No longer could he read his bible and picnic - meditating on God's word. Prayer and confusion in the midst of the tempest was what became of his mission. Soaking wet, cold, and broken; he discovered that God didn't love him because he preached. God loved him because he was His child... and if he NEVER preached another sermon, it wouldn't change how much God loved him. When the sun came out again after that brief sea storm, he was forever changed. His joy returned and he was able to preach again without feeling empty inside or blocked. He was preaching because he loved it - not because he had to.
It feels good to be loved without strings attached. Just loved because you are the masterpiece of who you are... because Your Father made you that way. You don't have to do anything to earn His affection. He was willing to die to be with you for eternity.
Find rest this Sunday in His outstretched arms.
Credits: Statue photographed is from Mission Concepción in San Antonio, Texas.
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