(April 17, 2009)

If you’d known me forty years ago when I first got sick; then twenty years later when I decided to rely on God’s help for survival of depression and psychosis; then five or six years ago when I received the support and inspiration of people in the church I now attend; to the time just under three years ago when I started my Living Room group, you will see how I have, step by step, been dramatically changed. And I continue to change.

I’ve been thinking about what it is that transformed me and continues transforming me. And I have to say it’s my relationship with God, knowing that he loves me. It’s love. It’s God’s love revealed to me by the people in my life. And it’s God revealing himself to me when I show my love for others. Yes, when I express my love for others I find joy and I find God.

The Bible says, “No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1John 4:12) It also says, “Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1John 4:7b)

We experience God’s presence when we love others unconditionally. And this gives great joy and will change us.

I think that’s why we feel God’s presence so well at Living Room meetings. We share his love with each other – fully accepting each other. I feel great joy when I go home after meetings. It’s a mysterious phenomenon.