...I wonder if we in the Church often miss asking the most important question at the end of someone’s life. That question is, “Did this person seem to grasp God’s audacious, outlandish, extravagant, over-the-top, unmerited love for them, and how did they try to love God in return and reflect that love to others?”
Love is the essence, in any way that we might try to approach that question. A key verse of Scripture comes to mind: “In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
God’s love for us tells us that we are meant to be here, that our lives are not random or accidental. God’s love is a given, not something that we have to spend our lives trying to earn, as if we could, anyway. God’s love is a secure foundation on which to build our identity and purpose. It is a dependable touchstone from which we can greet and respond to everyone we meet. It is the last, best, and final hope as we age, as we are ill, and even as we die and embrace new life after death...
From "The Proper Order: God Loves, and We Respond" by the Rev. J. Randolph Alexander, Jr., Rector, published in Simple Gifts, a weekly periodical of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill (subscribe to Simple Gifts here).
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