Love and Thorns

Yesterday I was reminded in a glorious declaration of passion that the unconditional love of God is the answer our heart longs for.

In the maelstrom of life the love of God is the answer.
In the turbulence of the storm the love of God is the answer.
In the everyday tasks of life the love of God is the answer.
For God is love.
Unconditional love poured out for us.

Bishop Michael Curry spoke to a captivated world and declared –
“When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook,”
“When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the Earth will be a sanctuary.”
“When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more.
“When love is the way, there’s plenty good room, plenty good room for all of God’s children.
“Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we’re actually family.”

When love is the way every detail of life – from the mundane to the wonderful – is an opportunity for us to receive all the God has provided for us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For everything we need has been given to us in a rainbow-coloured unconditional love that reaches out into the conflict of our world and lays down its life in peace.
It is this love that cherishes our every breath and brings healing and restoration to our body and soul.
It is a love that invites us to give instead of taking and it is love that ignites desire and puts to death self reliance.
It is a love that has a passion to change and cries out with a response for action.
It is a love that says you are valuable and that you are accepted.
It is a love that says that it died for you to bring you into new life.

Later in the afternoon I took on the bramble bush in the garden.
The story of my ventures was a fight of the most violent nature.
It was war.
My endeavour against the brambles thorns.
Thorns, thorns and more thorns.
Ripping my arms and fingers.
The bush was relentless in its defence.
I finished bruised, weary and cut.
Thorns are violent, they rip, they hurt.

Here in the midst of my wounds, I heard the whisper of God say, “Life is full of thorns, but I am full of love.”
“Love heals the thorns!”
“The wounds are temporary but my love is eternal.”
“Thorns and wounds are real, they hurt but my love heals them all.”
“Love bears all.”

So with Bishop Michael Curry I knew that
“When we discover the “redemptive power of love we will make of this old world, a new world”.

For the unconditional love of God is the foundation of the universe and our life and the power to transform our world.

I thought I would end by sharing this from 1 Corinthians 13 from the Passion Translation –

“Love is large and incredibly patient.
Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when the blessing comes to someone else.
Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate it’s own importance.
Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor shelfishly seeks it’s own honour.
Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offence.
Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong.
Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing in the best for others.
Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.
Love never stops loving.”

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