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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Thanksgiving Day in the USA
You Are What You Are Seeking
I believe the summary meaning of the resurrection of Jesus is totally summed up in the climactic line from the Song of Songs (8:6) that I translate as “love is stronger than death.” Love will win! Love is all that remains. Love and life are finally the same thing, and you know that for yourself once you have walked through any real death (there are many forms).
Love has you. Love is you. Love alone, and your deep need for love, recognizes Love itself. Remember that you already are what you are seeking. Any fear “that your lack of fidelity could cancel God’s fidelity, is absurd” (Romans 3:3-4), says the master teacher, Paul.
Love has finally overcome fear, and your house is being rebuilt on a new and solid foundation. This foundation was always there, but it took us a long time to find it, for “It is love alone that lasts” (1 Corinthians 13:13). All you have loved in your life and have been loved by is eternal and true, and is the very shape of whatever we mean by heaven. Two of the primary Biblical images of final salvation are Noah’s ark (Genesis 6:19) and “the Peaceable Kingdom” (Isaiah 11:6), and interestingly enough, both are filled with images of animals—apparently also worth saving as givers and receivers of love. How stingy we are to think that an infinite love would or could be limited to humans.
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