'Feel my love.'

Friday Reflection

31st July 2020

'even as we put our hope in you.'

May your unfailing love be with us Lord,
even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:22

Tomorrow I'm travelling up to Mull with my son,
(for you as you read this it will be today);
he is going up to visit his father and,
as I've never been there, I decided to hitch a lift
in the hopes that I could also fulfil a long term dream, to go to Iona.

It's interesting how association of ideas works.
My ex-husband is a folk guitarist and in the 70'/ 80's
we spent many happy hours listening to Bob Dylan.
I came across one of his songs today, written in 1997,
which rather answers the plea for the above Psalm verse.
I can imagine our heavenly Father speaking
these words into our hearts;

'When the rain is blowing in your face;
and the whole world is on your case;
I could offer you a warm embrace;
to make you feel my love.'

In Dylan's lyrics, we can hear God's voice calling us
to come into his arms which are spread wide open for us.

'When the evening shadows and the star appear,
and there is no one there to dry your tears,
I could hold you for a million years;
to make you feel my love.'

God whispers in our ears,
'Come, let me dry your tears,
I will love you for eternity.'

'I know you haven't made your mind up yet,
but I would never do you wrong ...
No doubt in my mind where you belong.'

God created us in his love;
his love for us is like no other,
and patiently he waits for us to come to him.
He is gently entreating us,
'In my arms you belong.'

'I'd go hungry, I'd go black and blue;
I'd go crawling down the avenue.
There's nothing that I wouldn't do;
to make you feel my love.'

Christ did precisely that for us He came in the flesh,
submitted to a crown of thorns and the whip.
He was black and blue as he crawled down the avenue
with the heavy cross on his back.
Stripped of his clothes he accepted humiliation,
agreed to the nails in his hands and feet,
and surrendered to death on a cross on Mount Calvary.
There was nothing he wouldn't do to 'make us feel his love.'

The message of God's love for us is clear.
His love for us is like no other. He says
'I will always love you, I am there for you.'
Can you hear him?

Jesus paid the price to give us his grace,
to provide forgiveness and salvation,
and establish a never ending,
loving relationship with the Father.
For me Romans 8:38-39 encapsulates this.

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
   neither angels nor demons,
   neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth,
   nor anything else in all creation,
   will be able to separate us from the love of God
   that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let us come and experience that love today
which will remove us from the road of regret
to the pathway of forgiveness.

Let the power of his Spirit set us free. Come, feel his love.