God willingly breathed His Word and spoke light and life into existence. And the Word was love. The flower of that self-giving love is the Earth and we, images of God, are its fruit, conceived to procreate universes of love.
The Word of God was made flesh to speak intimate love to our hardened hearts. When Jesus’s heartbeat was about to be silenced by our cruelty, fear, greed, and hate, He spoke mercy: “Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do.” As I pray that all Christians, with our words and deeds, give humble and loving witness to the inherent sanctity of every human being, I look within to discover the word of my heart.
Is it love?
When my heart breaks with the deeds of those who do not love all that God creates, do I hypocritically eviscerate the God-given dignity of these children of God with my words of indignation? Do I speak condemnation to those who would destroy life?
What do I speak into existence?
“I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good.”[i]
Forgive me, Father, for turning even the little irritations of my life into bitter words of frustration instead of patient pearls of mercy. Lord, have mercy on me for being snarky, sarcastic, crass or cynical when You are calling me to love, to uphold the dignity of all, to tenderly take the hands of your wayward children and gently lead them into the heartsong of Your Creation — the universe of love where every star and rock and petal speak of self-giving, and where every human creature is loved into eternal being by Your Word.
Please send Your Spirit upon me to help me love as You love.
© 2020 Christina Chase
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[i] Matthew 5:44-45
In the summer of 2020, I’m praying to the Sacred Heart of Jesus that God’s love for every human being — in every stage of development, age, appearance, disposition, ability, and walk of life — will be upheld on social media through the humility and loving respect of true Christian witness. This series of posts begins with Cut to the Heart.
Feature Photo courtesy of Dan Chase
Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog, and I've written a book titled It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.