And we know the love that is of God is alive among us when the love of God grows.Tweet
When I thought I was full, God sent more. God inspired more. God provoked and instigated more. And the Love that is of God grew. Love that is of God is big love, good love, enduring and grounded and soaring and sweeping and lyrical and quiet. It is ferocious love that knocks-down-barriers-and-borders the I AM never made because the love that is of God refuses to be small. Love that is of God is practical and joyful and transformative and subversive -- refusing to ever leave us be love. Love that is of God is sufficiency and transforms into abundance when shared with another. Love that is of God never subtracts, never diminishes, never humiliates, never erases - anyone. Love that is of God is the antidote to lies. Love that is of God tells the healing truth, weaves and re-weaves, and braids together, and adds and multiplies and compounds love. Love that is of God is limitless and stubborn and it never, ever dies. That love is too big for borrowed tombs. That love swallows up death. That love shares power with the beloved to keep getting up because that love loves. Love that is of God makes a home in all of the places and in all of the people, and in all of the stories that we would not. Love that is of God beckons us to stretch, to be more - to see more - to want more - to pursue more - to feel more - not because we are not enough but because we are more. Love that is of God says, "Be who you are." Love that is of God shows off, leading with a heart that delights in the giggles of children and the songs of the aged. Love that is of God cries and weeps and storms and becomes furious and indignant at the sight of God's beloved fashioning God's own words and resources into weapons and bonds and chains and stumbling blocks for God's beloved. Love that is of God breathes on the canvass of every night, turning up the wattage of every sparkling star assigned to lead the beloved to freedom. Love that is of God sings. Love that is of God searches, never sleeps, travels light, makes room, gathers chicks and stubbornly refuses to leave not nary a one behind, not nary a one out, not nary a one alone. Ever. When we think we are full, God sends more. God inspires more. God provokes and instigates more. And we know the love that is of God is alive among us when the love of God grows.
Love that is of God says, “Be who you are.”Tweet
Image: “Three Girls Watching a Plane,” by Vivian Cherry.