What if someone were to ask you, “How do you know Jesus loves you?” Oh sure, you could quote the Sunday school song, “because the Bible tells me so.” But have you really stopped to think about this essential question of our faith?
Perhaps someone introduced you to church, religion or Jesus by sharing their personal story and inviting you to come along and witness the love of Jesus for yourself. Maybe you stumbled into the love of Jesus as you fell and tripped over a difficulty in the course of your life. As a lot of people, you maybe went to church as a kid, then stopped being in a faith community until it was time for your own child to be baptized. There are so many ways that we have the opportunity to bump into the love of Jesus for the first time.
On occasion, the first encounter with the love of Jesus may be overwhelming and life-altering. For others falling in love with Jesus is a slow process of courting in an old-fashion way. No matter the course you take, to know that Jesus loves you is a daily realization of the never-failing, always-chasing love of One who will never give up trying to grab our attention.
I invite you to discover for yourself what it means to encounter the love of Jesus by introduction, nurturing relationship and living in love as we study Life of the Beloved, by Henri Nouwen through the sermons on Sunday mornings in July. His book formed out of a sincere question of an atheist reporter who came to interview Henri and asked him, “Why don’t you write something about the spiritual life for me and my friends?”
Peace and Blessings,
Rev. Jay Moyers