DEVOTION: Love Is Alive

by Beth Bondurant

Were not our hearts burning within while the Master talked with us."

 

We know what it is to experience hearing the voice of someone we love animated with conviction and comfort... with passion and understanding... with vision and hope.

 

Renewal... restoration... revitalization... reparation...revision comes with every new morning... but we celebrate especially this pertinent reminder on Easter Day. 

 

With every melodious bird song... the sweetness of flowering plants and trees... the sound of falling rain... the warmth of the sun... the fresh fragrance of new grass ... the early morning light...comes the constant reminder that love is alive.

 

The birth of a new baby... the baptism of children of all ages... the first born lamb... the resurrection of faith and commitment...the brightness of hope restored... the stories of healing and restoration... the laughter and enthusiasm of young voices... the steadfastness of the elders... the coming together to give courage and strength to one another... pictures for us the meaning that... love is alive.

 

God's love... God's redeeming nature... God's hands of creative power... God's hope... God's goodness and God's peace are born anew within us...around us and through us.

 

It isn't who we are ... what we know... our everyday situation and experiences that determine our faith.  It is God's love that is alive in us...for us...through us. The truth is that God so loves the world... and shows us the meaning of redemption... to be God's perfect gift to us.

 

O God... I do so need your unconditional love... to feel alive and well...whole and restored each and every new day. Forgive me when I try to do it all myself... to earn your presence... to work for your grace... to measure up to your goodness... to force my faith... and forget your mercy.  Thank you for the special reminders of spring... of the old that passes away and brings the new... giving us fresh days for revival and possibility. Stir up compassion in my heart, mind, body and spirit.  When we remember your passion... your willingness to sacrifice ALL... our hearts do burn within us and we know and believe that LOVE IS ALIVE!

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