Burning Love

“It is an affliction itself that the splendor of God‘s mercy shines, from its very depths, in the heart of its inconsolable bitterness. If still persevering in our love, we fall to the point where the soul cannot keep back the cry:

‘My God, why hast thou forsaken me?’

If we remain at this point without ceasing to love, we end by touching something that is not affliction, not joy, an essence, necessary and pure, something not of the senses, common to joy and sorrow: the very love of God.” 

 
          ~ Simone Weil
 
 
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
        ~ Colossians 3:12-14
 
     The key here for me, is “If we remain at this point without ceasing to love,” Without ceasing to love in the midst of pain, to love through it, to let it pass through.  It is a deep burning fire, what happens after the leaves burn off, and the twigs, and the outer covering of the logs in the fire.  It is a steady glow, powerful in display of color, like the burning off of our earthly dross. 
     As we continue on this Lenten journey, tune into the love that has filled you from the beginning, stayed with you on the journey even when you could not, would not see/feel it, and is with you even as you read this.  Lift up those who need forgiveness from you and those who you need forgiveness from.
 
 Lord, help me to live in the love at my lowest, most painful place. Help me to catch burn brightly for you and experience the love that drew you through this journey.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
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