pastoral/spiritual care

Self-Giving Love

If God is love, then what do we make of that?  What if that is all there is to it?   Simply - God is love.  It isn’t about me.  It isn’t about you.  Not about my kingdom, your kingdom, or Mickey’s.  God is love.  And that is it.  Relax and take a Sabbath, rest in God.  It is not about you, it is about God.

Please do not be offended by my thoughts, for I am not saying you are not important, remember you are the recipient of God’s love.  I am saying we are here to receive God’s love and that could be our reason for being.  You, me, and all of creation created for one simple purpose, to receive the love of God.  We complicate this simple truth with our thoughts on heaven and hell, angels and demons, sexual orientations, skin color, denominations, scriptural interpretations, male or female, Jew or Greek, slave or free.  Do not fret.  These are all paths that most times divide and deliver us to a painful place.  It is there in our pain that we start to understand our need.  God grins and lovingly gives the very self of God to us.  Eventually and eternally we are healed. 

Look around at creation.  There is so much need.  God created a world that at every point is in need.  Think about it, the one who is defined as “agape” love, self-giving sacrificial love created a world that provides never-ending opportunities for God to give the very self of God away.   It seems that if God is love, the very nature of God is to give.  It is God’s nature to give the self of God to us.  Here we are and we are in need of someone to be with us in our brokenness.  Maybe this is our reason to be here.  We are the beloved of our lover, God.  Receive God’s gift – the Holy God who is love desires to love you.

God, I do not seek brokenness, but when I am broken, I thank you that you run to me instead of running away. You join me in my brokenness. Give me the eyes to see and the ears to hear you in these days. In your loving name I pray. Amen     

-- Chaplain Terry Wilson


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