Marvelling at love’s rich variety

How can we think or speak of love and not find ourselves face to face with Love Himself? Our perspective may be clouded and our vision impaired, but God’s love is always breaking through our days.

I’ve been marvelling at love’s rich variety, the numerous ways in which it meets with us, what a thing of wonder and beauty it is.

Yes, even when imperfectly expressed by humanity, we still reveal its glory essence.

Because God is Love. It’s His nature and defining characteristic.

And the more we rest in being the beloved, the more we seek to know Him better, the more we begin to sense the unfathomable depths of Love divine.

God’s Love is: Unmerited. Unconditional. Unlimited. Eternal. Deep. Constant. Faithful.

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The imperfect five-minute poem below is my attempt to capture just a taster of Love’s tremendous impact on the world.

This is love…

You oil the wheels of life,

smooth over pain and strife.

Glue broken hearts together,

bring joy to birth, and light

a candle burning strong within

this darkened place called Earth.

 

You’re the fuel and flame

teaching us to revere your Name.

A whisper, a promise, a Voice

in the night, a hand holding ours

as it squeezes tight.

 

You’re the song the angels sang

when their voices rang out

Good News to all mankind.

You’re the ache, empty hollow

we strive to fill with idols

and schemes, potions and pills.

 

You’re every man’s dream and

nightmare sometimes, the one

who beams Light and makes us blind.

You’re pure and you’re giving

into each empty space.

You’re our reason for living

and a means of grace.

 

Love – we sing, we write,

we marvel at Mystery

as you invite us to taste

your deep holy history

©JoyLenton2015

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How do you see love?

Is it only via human experience and expression, or can you sense God’s imprints in it?

Please feel free to join in the conversation below.

This is day 7 of #write31days #fiveminutefreewrites and today’s prompt is:‘love’.

To see the rest of the prompts for the days ahead, click here. You are warmly welcome to participate.

I’m also linking with fellow writing friends for #TellHisStory at Jennifer’s place and #coffeeforyourheart at Holley’s place. Come join us?

6 thoughts on “Marvelling at love’s rich variety”

  1. God’s precious love. The magnitude of His love overwhelms me. I, too, “yearn to know more of God’s love and how to live it out.” Thank you for these touching reminders, Joy.

    1. Trudy, I think we’ll spend all our days on earth marvelling at the wonder and magnitude of God’s love, and most of eternity too, no doubt! Thank you for sharing in the marvel of it all.

  2. I feel and see God’s love through the beauty He graces us with everyday. It is in the morning awakening and the night’s last glow and everything in between. Thank you for showing us love through this welcoming space. Love you!

    1. Oh yes, there is ample evidence of God’s beauty, goodness and love all around us in creation. I love how you’ve described it poetically here, Mary:”It’s in the morning awakening and the night’s last glow and everything in between.” I’m so thankful you see God’s love here too, my friend, because it is my heart’s desire to reveal His love and grace in the everyday. 🙂 x

  3. I’ve been struggling to let go of the house we are in and being forced to leave. As we look for another, things appear bleak and ‘less than’ this one. Today I saw God’s goodness and mercy and was overwhelmed by my lack of trust in this situation – “EVEN NOW!” after walking so long with Him, tasting His goodness … I just began to weep and suddenly His love overwhelmed me – I couldn’t stop crying for quite some time, just grateful for such wonderful grace. There was a sense that He will open the way for more than I could ever ask or imagine -though I deserve nothing at all- and I would feel such a deep remorse for the time I’ve spent grieving the loss of here. O the LOVE of Jesus. <3 Perhaps this is why the suffering Saint knows love more deeply, our flesh cries out, and in grace our spirit rejoices…

    1. It sounds like a really testing time, Kathy. Such things can wear us out and grind us down, rendering our vision of God’s goodness and love a little cloudier than before. But the way He then overwhelmed you with His love is truly wonderful. Yes, I firmly believe that those who sink low find their Saviour sinking lower still to sit with them in the dust and ashes and hold out His hand to lift them out of any pit they may have fallen into. When we experience life’s painful times we also see how Jesus stoops to be with us to show Himself mighty on our behalf.
      He suffered pain and sorrow too and fully identifies with us in ours. May your spirit continue to rejoice and your heart be thankful for the mercies He has bestowed on you and will continue to do so. Thinking of you and praying for you to have peace as you wait for the house move issues to be resolved. Thank you for sharing here, my friend. I’m blessed by your visit and hope to see you again.

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