Love notes from God

Have you heard God tell you he loves you, recently?

We were talking about that this week in a Bible study group. I found the answers fascinating.

One grandmother said she was feeling down when a grandson came up to her, wrapped his arms around her and said: “I love you.” She knew it was a gift from God just for her at that moment.

Another friend said her heart was broken as her mother was nearing death. The old woman had not recognized anyone for a while. Then, one afternoon, she opened her eyes, saw her daughter, and said: “I missed you.”

Still another friend said she was visiting her father a week or two before and he seemed depressed, struggling with dementia and all that it implied. They were at a gathering of some kind where people were dancing. She urged him to join her in a dance and, at first, he refused. Then, he got up and danced with her and they were filled with joy.

All these were love gifts from God. But, I confess I would have missed them because my mind is too busy with other things. Is that true for you, too?

The study we are going through is The Sacred Echo based on a book by Margaret Feinberg. In it, she talks about God reaching out to us with repeated messages to catch our attention – perhaps a word of scripture followed by a friend’s comment or something we hear on radio. We miss them unless we’re listening for God.

Ken Gire, author of Seeing What Is Sacred, talks about “reflective living”, seeing God in everything around us. He writes:

“Much of what is sacred is hidden in the ordinary, everyday moments of our lives. To see something of the sacred in those moments takes slowing down so we can live our lives more reflectively.”

How do we know God is always talking to us and giving us gifts?

The Bible tells us so. Jesus said that he is with us always (Matthew 28:20). In Revelation 3:20, he tells us he is knocking on the door of our hearts and wants to come in and commune with us.

And in Romans 8:28, the apostle Paul tells us: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” That’s everything – pleasant and hurtful.

He is in everything that goes on in our lives, sometimes allowing hard things into our lives. Often, those hard things turn out to be gifts when we look back.

What I am learning is that I need to slow down, as Ken Gire says, and reflect on what is going on around me. What is God telling me and showing me? What love gift is he giving me right now?

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