(April 22, 2009)

I’ve got to share something with you here, something that came as a revelation to me and it might to you too.

I have a good friend who is a troubled person, having suffered a lot of abuse as a child and later as the wife of an abusive husband. She suffers recurring emotional pain because of this, yet I admire her for the courage she has had to survive. I love her dearly and tell her this often.

Yesterday I told my counselor what it meant to me to tell my friend how very much I love her and how I love to hug her. It gives me a wonderful feeling to do that. She’s the sponge and I’m the water, pouring my love into her.

My counselor said something that had never occurred to me before. If I love showing my love to this friend so much, imagine how God must feel when he loves us as much as he does. We can’t “…grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:18) Imagine how good God must feel when he pours his love into us – such broken people – and when we accept that love like a sponge soaking up water.

Do you get it? Do you understand? All of us are broken people – needy people – thirsty for God’s love. Yet it can be so hard to truly own that love.

When we express our love to others, we can think of God and his love, and let that love flow through us to our friends. And in the process we experience God’s love.