We Are God’s First Love

But the ultimate reason for our hope is not to be found at all in what we want, wish for and wait for; the ultimate reason is that we are wanted and wished for and waited for. What is it that awaits us? Does anything await us at all, or are we alone? Whenever we base our hope on trust in the divine mystery, we feel deep down in our hearts: there is someone who is waiting for you, who is hoping for you, who believes in you. We are waited for as the prodigal son in the parable is waited for by his father. We are accepted and received, as a mother takes her children into her arms and comforts them. God is our last hope because we are God’s first love.

Jürgen Moltmann

As we enter this Passion week and look toward the cross, may we remember that we are indeed God’s first love. All the events, trials, and suffering represented in this week were done in an act of love, a love of each and every single one of you. Though we may feel alone and burdened, we truly are wanted and wished for and waited for by the God who became human and endured so much for our sake, out of immense love for us. I pray that you taste and experience the acceptance and embrace of God’s unconditional love for you.

God Bless You All,

Rev. Nick